YouTube found that "pirated" content and allegations of infringement were sent from the same IP
YouTube found that the same IP address was used to download pirated videos and to send copyright infringement notices (DMCA) directed at the same videos. The platform's lawyers believe that this is evidence of fraud.
In the summer of 2020, musician Maria Schneider and Pirate Monitor filed a class-action lawsuit against YouTube. Schneider told the court that several of her songs were posted to YouTube without her permission. Schneider and Pirate Monitor also indicated that they were denied access to Content ID, a system for monetizing and managing music.
YouTube responded by claiming that Pirate Monitor downloads pirated videos and then sends infringement notifications. Now the platform has provided evidence of its version, writes the TorrentFreak portal.
“Pirate Monitor has developed a clever layout. Pirate Monitor has uploaded about 2,000 videos to YouTube through agents using pseudonyms to hide their identity. Shortly thereafter, citing a DMCA violation, Pirate Monitor demanded the removal of the video just uploaded by its agents.
YouTube processed about 2,000 notifications sent by Pirate Monitor in the fall of 2019. All videos were about 30 seconds long and were generated from "little-known Hungarian films". They were downloaded from Pakistani IP addresses.
“That alone was suspicious. There is no obvious reason why short clips from relatively unknown films in Hungarian should be uploaded to YouTube from accounts in Pakistan, ”writes YouTube.
Additionally, YouTube notes that the videos were uploaded by users with similar names, such as RansomNova11 and RansomNova12. Even more revealing is the fact that deletion notifications were sent almost immediately after the video was uploaded, sometimes before the video received at least one viewing. Finally, there is evidence that downloads and DMCA notifications were sent by the same person.
“In November 2019, one of the RansomNova users who downloaded clips via IP addresses in Pakistan logged into their YouTube account from a computer connected to the Internet via an IP address in Hungary. Pirate Monitor sent YouTube deletion notifications from the same URL. Simply put, whoever RansomNova was, he or she was using Pirate Monitor's computer and doing so at the same time that Pirate Monitor was using the same computer or connection to send notifications to remove content from YouTube. ”
Based on this, YouTube accuses Pirate Monitor of fraud. The platform claims that Pirate Monitor has illegally concealed "the identity of its agents and their relationship with them."
“For these reasons, the Pirate Monitor's petition should be rejected,” wrote YouTube's lawyers.