YouTube sues user who extorted others through phony takedown requests

According to Ars Technica, Brady made the false claims versus three widely known Minecraft streamers. He then required they make payments of $150 to $300 through PayPal (or $75 to $200 in bitcoin). If they refused, he threatened to make a third copyright claim, which could get their accounts ended.

One of the targeted YouTubers submitted a formal counter-notice, which needed he share his name and address. That info is meant to assist victims of copyright violation file lawsuits, however a couple of days later, that YouTuber was whacked. While YouTube does not have proof that the swatting attack was brought out by Brady, the lawsuit says it “appears” he is accountable.

YouTube has actually faced its fair share of copyright violation conflicts, and this isn’t the very first time its copyright claim system has been utilized for extortion. For several years, the DMCA, meant to secure original material, has actually been called damaged, hazardous and obsolete. Earlier this summertime, YouTube attempted to enhance the system by demanding that those declaring infringement specify in their complaints. This case is a tip that the system is far from perfect, however if YouTube takes a strong stand versus Brady, it may send out a message to others with comparable ideas.

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