Bungie says last week’s Destiny 2 video removals were ‘fraudulent’

It turns out that the wave of weird copyright notices against several top Destiny content creators last week were the result of fraudulent takedown requests mixed in with a little help from Google.

The situation seemed strange from the start last week: the takedown requests affected some of the most popular Destiny content creators on YouTube, including MyNameÉByf and aztecross, even if the content in question has not changed. Bungie stated that even some of its own content was affected, confirmed that takedown requests were not issued by Bungie or its partners, and said it was investigating the issue.

Nowadays TWABrevealed that the recent wave of takedowns “included some actions to take down fraudulent accounts designed to impersonate our IP protection service.”

“Google has confirmed that accounts that submitted fraudulent legal requests to YouTube have been terminated and will no longer have access to Google products,” Bungie said. “All fraudulent submissions from these accounts will be reversed (some have already done so, the rest should arrive soon). Processing these removals was an application error by Google and in addition to rescinding the warnings and reinstating the videos, they are also working on process improvements to reduce the likelihood of similar errors in the future.”

Bungie urged Destiny content creators to be patient as it works with YouTube to reverse all fraudulent claims and urged fans not to harass employees at CSC, a company that works with Bungie on IP protection. It also published a list clarifying a number of “misconceptions” about the incident:

  • CSC, a Bungie partner that assists in IP protection, has not dishonestly or issued any unauthorized takedowns.
  • Bungie does not use or authorize algorithmic takedowns on YouTube. All CSC actions are reviewed and authorized by Bungie.
  • As these are human processes, in rare instances human errors have occurred, in which we work quickly to correct any problems.
  • Bungie investigated the allegations of suspicious removals and found that several attacks were perpetrated by a “bad actor” who is not affiliated with Bungie or CSC, but who impersonated CSC by spoofing similar email aliases. This attack occurred after and possibly in response to a recent set of authentic removals of OST uploads.

Bungie said that these recent “authentic removals” were mostly the result of people uploading music from the Destiny soundtrack, which is not allowed. But it also acknowledged that the community wants access to music that is not currently available on other channels and is therefore taking steps to help make that happen.

In the future, we will allow certain Destiny music tracks to be uploaded to channels for archival purposes. For creators interested in this type of content creation, the guidelines below should be reviewed:

  • It cannot be an OST song that Bungie has already released or posted elsewhere publicly.
  • Content cannot be monetized.
  • The creator must obtain permission from Bungie by contacting this email: licensing@bungie.com.

Bungie said it is working to update its community guidelines “to make our boundaries as a business clearer so that you, the creators, can create the content your souls desire without fear.” Current intellectual property and trademark policies are available at bungie.net.

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