Bungie Files Lawsuit Against False DMCA Takedowns, Rips YouTube For Its Policies

"YouTube’s easily-gamed reporting system" blamed by both Bungie and its impersonators.

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor
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Last week, Destiny 2 content creators on YouTube started to receive DMCA strikes on their channels. Their first impression, understandably, was that Bungie was cracking down on them, after years of being remarkably chill about such content.

That possibility was dispelled almost immediately when Bungie posted on Twitter that the copyright claims were "NOT being taken at the request of Bungie or its partners" -- and even some of Bungie's own content had been hit by the claims. Despite the assurance that none of Bungie's "partners" were responsible for the claims, several people wondered if they could have been the result of a Bungie-backed algorithm gone wrong.

Today, we learned that Bungie was telling the unvarnished truth regarding its non-role in the incident. Kotaku reports that the company has filed a lawsuit against 10 John Does, accusing them of impersonating Bungie and issuing the fraudulent DMCA claims. Bungie believes the actions were taken as retaliation for the company's takedown of Destiny soundtrack videos from YouTube.

If there's one area that both Bungie and the impersonators agree upon, it's YouTube's poor handling of DMCA claims. Some of the YouTube accounts affected by the claims received a manifesto that read, in part, "If you’re looking to place blame, place it on YouTube for its sloppy copyright takedown system and Bungie for ignoring this issue for so long."

Bungie also laid much of the blame for the incident on YouTube. "Thanks to YouTube’s easily-gamed reporting system, the attack was a success, and videos were removed (and YouTubers given ‘copyright strikes’ that, under YouTube rules, threaten the future viability of their YouTube channels) on the basis of the Fraudulent Takedown Notices," Bungie said in its lawsuit. Considering how easily DMCA notices have been weaponized against content creators in the past, it's hard to disagree with either parties' assessment.

Bungie also explained in the lawsuit that it had to go through several layers of employees to even get a response, which included a suggestion to file a helpdesk ticket. YouTube responded by saying it will "continue our work to prevent abuse of our systems," which raises the question: Can you "continue" something you've never even started?

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About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (1)

Flintstone 10 months ago
Unfortunately Youtube is all over the place.
The idea that if you play a video all you get after is nothing related to the video you just watched. its all the highest hitting tubers, absolutely of no relation to what you just watched. Its a list of videos put in your face.all unrelated and totally useless.
I think they also need to clamp down on tubers users who use bare naked women as their thumb which is of no relation to the content, it deemed as just a draw card and should not be used in this SEXIST way to get viewers to view something of no comparisons at all to what they think it is. Its immoral how about doing something about that YOUTUBE.
Youtube needs to roll back to a time when they got it right and videos we watched had after representations of what we just viewed, instead of their now random load of mess that is awaiting for you after you've watched one their tubes.


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