Digital Trails: How Bungie Identified a Mass Sender of Fake DMCA Notices
In response to persons unknown sending large numbers of fake DMCA notices to YouTube while impersonating its anti-piracy partner, Bungie filed a lawsuit in the US seeking millions in damages. At the time the name of the ‘Doe’ defendant was unknown. This is how a Bungie investigation followed digital breadcrumbs to track down and identify that person by name and physical address.
Using the DMCA’s takedown process as a weapon, persons unknown sent copyright notices to YouTube, claiming that the targeted videos should be taken down for infringing Bungie’s rights.
YouTube began removing videos, including some uploaded by high-profile Destiny content creators. Other notices targeted Bungie’s own channels, causing confusion and frustration within the Destiny community.
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