YouTube DMCA Scammer Slapped with a $25K Fine, Forced to Apologize

YouTube has settled a longstanding DMCA dispute with a man from Nebraska. Christopher Brady used YouTube DMCA take down notices to extort channel owners.

YouTube has long received criticism for how it handles take down requests under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Channels that receive three copyright infringement strikes can be banned, effectively losing their livelihood. Scammers have taken advantage of the situation by extorting channel owners for payments PayPal or bitcoin.

Last month, YouTube sued Christopher Brady and accused him of by making false claims. Brady would pretend to be the legitimate owner of the content and issue two copyright strikes against unsuspecting channels. Then he would send a message extorting payment to avoid a third strike that could ban the channel entirely.

YouTube submitted an agreed judgment and permanent injunction in Nebraska federal court today. The order prevents Brady form filing fake copyright claims ⁠— he also agreed to pay $25,000 for his misconduct. Brady must to everyone he extorted using the YouTube DMCA takedown platform.

“I, Christopher L. Brady, admit that I sent dozens of notices to YouTube falsely claiming that material uploaded by YouTube users infringed my copyrights. I apologize to the YouTube users that I directly impacted by my actions, to the YouTube community, and to YouTube itself,” the apology reads.

Courts have yet to sign off on the proposed judgement and injunction, but that could happen soon. Right now, it’s not clear if affected users will receive any compensation for the misuse of the copyright system. YouTube says it’s happy with the outcome and will “continue to work to prevent abuse of our systems.”

The copyright take down system YouTube currently employs has drawn criticism in the past. The fact that some random troll from Nebraska was able to extort several smaller YouTube channels is proof. The system needs to be fixed for the rights holders and content creators because it is broken.

Nipsey Hussle’s Alleged Killer Wants 2 Attempted Murder Charges Tossed: Report

The death Nipsey Hussle was one the most shocking and gutwrenching incidents the year. The man who allegedly pulled the trigger on Nipsey was arrested a few days later for the rapper’s murder. He pleaded not guilty to the rapper’s murder and now, he’s working to get two his charges dismissed.

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According to XXL, Holder filed a motion in court to have two his attempted murder charges thrown out. “On September 24, 2019, Holder filed a motion to dismiss counts two and four the indictment pursuant to PC §995,” the document reads. Holder, altogether, faces six charges — two counts attempted murder, two counts assault with a deadly weapon, one count murder and one count a felon in possession a firearm.

Prosecutors in the case have argued that Eric Holder matches all six factors the Kill Zone Theory in an attempt to block the motion Nip’s alleged killer’s filed motion.

Eric Holder was previously represented by O.J. Simpson’s former prosecutor, Chris Darden. This caused an enormous amount backlash that led to Darden’s own daughter issuing a statement her own following hateful messages and threats. Darden later quit as being Eric Holden’s attorney, claiming that it was reminiscent the havoc surrounding O.J. Simpson’s highly controversial 1995 trial and confirmed that he was getting threats to his home. 

Johnson & Johnson Must Pay $8B In Case Involving Male Breast Growth

Johnson & Johnson is one the most common brands when it comes to everyday regular household items such as band-aids, baby powder, and more. However, a jury has ordered the company to cough up $8B to Nicholas Murray who sued the company for not warning him that he could grow breasts from using Risperdal. Murray previously won $680K in the case in a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. He claimed he began to take Risperdal in 2003 after he was diagnosed with autism. 

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“This jury, as have other juries in other litigations, once again imposed punitive damages on a corporation that valued prits over safety and prits over patients,” Murray’s lawyers said in a joint statement to Reuters. “Johnson & Johnson and (subsidiary) Janssen chose billions over children.”

Despite the verdict in the case, J&J said that the judgment is “grossly disproportionate with the initial compensatory award in this case, and the Company is confident it will be overturned.” Adding, “the jury did not hear evidence as to how the label for RISPERDAL® clearly and appropriately outlined the risks associated with the medicine, or the benefits RISPERDAL® provides to patients with serious mental illness.”

Even with the major award, Pressor Carl Tobias the University Richmond School Law said he predicts that the punitive damages to be lowered when J&J appeal. 

 

One Of Mac Miller’s Alleged Drug Dealers Pleads Not Guilty: Report

According to a report from TMZ, one the men arrested in connection with Mac Miller‘s fatal overdose just pled not guilty to charges he supplied the rapper with counterfeit oxycodone that caused the rapper’s death.

Cameron Pettit, one Mac Miller’s alleged dealers, entered his plea during his arraignment Thursday in Los Angeles federal court. Another one Mac’s alleged dealers, Stephen Walter, had his arraignment pushed back to later this month, because he’s in custody in San Diego and under quarantine for mumps.

Pettit and Walter were both indicted last week by a federal grand jury for allegedly giving Mac a deadly dose pills. The feds claim Mac ordered 10 “blues,” which is reportedly street code for oxycodone plus Xanax and cocaine. But, prosecutors say the pills Miller received were counterfeit and actually contained fentanyl, which caused his death.

The men are charged with distribution fentanyl resulting in death, and conspiring to distribute controlled substances resulting in death. Each charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence 20 years and a potential max sentence life without parole. Walter is also charged with being a felon in possession ammunition, and he’s facing up to 10 years in prison just for that. Walter was previously convicted on a drug distribution charge.

We’ll continue to keep you posted moving forward.

LaMelo Ball Projected As Top 3 Pick In Updated 2020 NBA Mock Draft

LaMelo Ball is now sitting near the top NBA draft boards following his performance at the NBL Blitz pre-season tournament in Tasmania.

In ESPN’s latest 2020 NBA mock draft, the 6’7 point guard has moved all the way up to No. 3, behind only Georgia Bulldogs shooting guard Anthony Edwards and Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman. Ball was previously ranked in the 20s, but his recent action with the Illawara Hawks have scouts believing he could be the No. 1 overall selection next June.

According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, NBA scouts and executives have been quite impressed with Ball’s play thus far, including one who compared his talent to Dallas Mavericks’ stud Luka Doncic.

“If he keeps this up, I don’t see any way he isn’t in the conversation for the No. 1 overall pick,” one NBA executive told ESPN. “He completely changed my perception the type prospect he is, and all the background info I gathered here from his coaches and teammates paint a very different story what I thought about him f the court as well.”

“He reminds me Luka Doncic,” another scout said. “Just in terms his size, his feel and his creativity.”

The 18-year old brother New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball flirted with a triple-double against the defending champion Perth Wildcats, and reigning Defensive Player the Year, Damian Martin, as he posted 19 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists.

Ball’s first NBL game with the Illawarra Hawks will come on October 6 as they take on the Brisbane Bullets. That game, as well as other Hawks matchups, will be streamed Facebook Live.

Judge Refuses to Toss Michael Jackson Estate's $100MM Lawsuit Against HBO

Just hours ago, federal judge George Wu tentatively ruled against HBO in its motion to dismiss a $100 million defamation lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson’s estate, which relates to HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” documentary.

Legal experts, though, insist that Judge Wu has in the past changed his mind in cases such as these. The judge is expected to issue a final decision on the motion sometime this month. Interestingly, it was Judge Wu who a couple of months ago suggested to HBO’s lawyers that they should file the motion.

A spokesperson for HBO commented on the tentative ruling by saying that the company would wait until the judge makes his final decision before commenting further.

“Leaving Neverland” controversially detailed claims made by both James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who insist Michael Jackson ually molested them when they were kids. This led the estate of Michael Jackson to file the defamation suit, as they believe the allegations are false and unproven.

Bryan Freedman, who is a lawyer representing Michael Jackson’s estate, said in response to the judge’s ruling that HBO has been doing everything they possibly can to prevent the case from coming to trial. He added that if HBO is so certain that “its actions were proper,” then they should welcome a trial instead of trying to avoid it through the use of technicalities. He further predicted that Jackson’s estate would ultimately hold HBO accountable for “its wrongful conduct.”

On August 15, HBO’s legal team filed the motion to dismiss the lawsuit. This came after Judge Wu in May denied a motion made by Jackson’s estate to have the trail conducted behind closed doors and adjudicated by the American Arbitration Association. The judge also dismissed a motion to have the suit returned to the state court where the proceedings began.

In addition to these motions, Jackson’s estate also failed to get an injunction against HBO showing the film, which debuted in March.

 

Michael Jackson’s Estate Made Nearly $2 Billion Since His Death: Report

According to The Blast, Michael Jackson’s estate has made nearly $2 billion since his death. Accounting documents that were filed to the L.A. County Court revealed that the singer’s estate has brought in $1.7B as Dec. 31, 2018.

Documents revealed that people within his estate, as in his executor and lawyers, have been diligently working over the years to rebuild the Jackson brand and make his finances stable, once again.

“With the assistance their counsel, the Executors have successfully rebuilt and enhanced Michael Jackson’s image, solidified the MJJ business as a significant entity in the entertainment industry, entered into and continue to enter into unprecedented business deals that have produced, and will in the future produce, significant revenues for the Estate,” it reads on the filing.

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Included in the posthumous Michael Jackson branded ventures is the “Cirque Du Soleil” show in Las Vegas. Some MJ’s other holdings that the estate controls are his major holdings in the music industry. 

What’s truly miraculous about the revenue they’ve earned is the fact that Michael Jackson was in serious debt at the time his death. “Among other issues, at the time Michael Jackson‘s ‘ death, Michael Jackson’s most significant assets were subject to more than $500 million debt… some debt in default (the mortgage, and utilities on Havenhurst had been unpaid for several months),” it reads in the doc.

Michael Jackson clearly left his estate in the right hands. 

Odell Beckham Jr. Still Reportedly Dating GF Lauren Wood

It looks like Odell Beckham Jr. is still going strong with his rumored girlfriend Lauren Wood. Over the weekend, the two were spotted wearing matching sneakers and out to dinner together courtesy TheShadeRoom.

The two both shared photos on their IG stories them wearing matching Nike sneakers, before later being spotted out together at dinner. Last week, Lauren also shared a selfie on IG, where she had a message for the haters. “It ain’t a secret, it just ain’t ya bidddnesss 😉,” to which OBJ replied in the comments with a “lip seeled” emoji and power fist.

Rumors the two’s relationship began back in April when they were first spotted together. OBJ has since defended their relationship and clapped back at some haters last month for calling out his relationship & sexuality. If you missed it, check out Odell’s rant here.

We’ll continue to keep you posted on Odell and his relationships moving forward. Are you a fan OBJ & his girl? (Peep some her pics below).

Louisville Cheerleader Has Nose Broken After Errant Notre Dame Pass: Watch

NFL football is starting back up again this week which means NCAA football is also back. Last night, Notre Dame started their season by playing against Louisville and as you would expect, they came out victorious. While it was a fairly entertaining game, the highlight everyone is talking about came courtesy Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book who threw the ball out bounds on a broken play. This type play is pretty common in football although this time, an unsuspecting Louisville cheerleader was hit with the ball square in the nose.

The cheerleader in question, named Elizabeth Scott, eventually hit up social media where she had a great sense humor about the whole thing and even posted some memes after. She did confirm that the play resulted in a broken nose which is unfortunate, although her social media following probably went up after this so it’s not all bad.

Hopefully, Book can continue to make the highlight reels this season, except we’re sure he’d prefer to make them because his touchdown passes and not his broken noses. 

It will be interesting to see if Scott comes back to the Cardinals this season or if she’ll simply take a hiatus from cheerleading while her nose recovers.

Woman Wins $3.2M After Revenge Porn Lawsuit With Ex-Husband & New Partner

A North Carolina woman named Elizabeth Ann Clark became $3.2 million dollars richer when she succeeded in her lawsuit against her ex-husband and his new girlfriend. According to the Fayetteville ObserverElizabeth sued Adam Clark for” alienation–affection,” when he left her for Kimberly Rae Barrett and sued both them for posting nude images her online. 

Elizabeth and Adam got married in April 2010 and his affair with Kim began in 2016. Elizabeth’s lawyer, Michael Porter, stated in his closing arguments to the jury that Kim was recently divorced at the start her affair with Adam and stole him away from his wife because she wanted to start a family. After an hour deliberation after a five-day trial, the court sided with Elizabeth and awarded her a $1 million judgment. Kim was then ordered to pay Elizabeth $1.2 million while Adam was ordered to pay his ex-wife $1 million. 

“I was kind confused at first,” Elizabeth told the publication, describing her shock at the ruling. She explained how she looked over at her ex-husband when the verdict was revealed “and Kim was bawling or starting to bawl. It hit me.”

“I did believe I was going to win because I knew what I was telling was the truth,” Elizabeth added.. “And I know my story, and I knew what I lived through every single day and still to this day, and what I’m going to continue to live through.”

Stevie J & Joseline Hernandez Come Together For Family Photo After Custody Battle

Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez have been disagreeing for some time when it comes to the custody their daughter. Things started when Stevie accused Joseline keeping their daughter away from him forcing him to file for full custody claiming he was concerned for his daughter’s wellbeing. A few weeks later after Stevie got a court order to visit his daughter in Miami, Joseline still kept him away from her leading to her arrest and little Bonnie Bella put in the custody her father.

Joseline clapped back and requested her daughter be returned home immediately but by the looks the duo’s latest shares on Instagram, they’ve finally come to an understanding when it comes to their daughter. As per a post shared by Stevie, you can see Joseline seated next to her new man with Stevie, friends and their daughter all at one restaurant table. 

In another image, Joseline and her new man pose with Stevie and his wife Faith Evans as well as their daughter. “Amazing show tonight #FaithEvans #StevieJ #goodvibes #philly,” she captioned the image. 

Clearly, the exes have reached an agreement that will benefit them when it comes to time spent with their daughter and that’s only good news for Bonnie Bella.

Offset Receives Three Tickets & A Warning During Old Traffic Stop: Watch

Video footage has surfaced over night an old traffic stop in which Offset was involved in back in March. It happened in Sandy Springs, GA outside Atlanta when a police ficer pulled Offset over for speeding.

As seen by the cops camera, things start f on the wrong foot when Offset asks the cop to turn his flashlight f and gets a stern “no.” After respectfully spelling out his name for the ficer, Offset asks why he got pulled over, to which the cop said he was doing 60 MPH in a 35 speed zone, along with failure to maintain in his lane. However from the looks it, Offset was buying the cops reasoning for pulling him over.

Later, the cop returns to give Offset 3 citations and one warning for obstruction tags on his vehicle. Mad about the police encounter, Offset accuses the ficer being mad he’s in a nice car and suggests the ficers kids would be disappointed in him. He even says he’s going to beat the tickets in court, but it turns out he didn’t go. According to documents, Offset paid the $470 in fines for speeding and failure to maintain his lane, along with $100 for missing a hearing in the case. His citation for not having a license was luckily dismissed.

Check out Offset’s old traffic stop (below).

Boston City Officials Convicted of Extorting a Local Music Festival

Government officials in Boston, MA have been found guilty of extortion-related charges involving a local music festival.

Prosecutors claimed that these officials forced a local music festival’s promoters to hire unneeded union labor, and after a two-week-long case, a jury determined that the pair had committed some of the alleged crimes.

The guilty parties, Timothy Sullivan and Kenneth Brissette, worked in City Hall and, to be sure, were assistants to Boston’s mayor, Marty Walsh, who was elected in 2014. Mayor Walsh voiced his disproval with the court’s decision, and he reiterated his belief that the actions taken by his former employees were entirely legal.

Specifically, prosecutors stated that Sullivan and Brissette threatened to revoke permits from Crash Line Productions, an event management and music festival company, just days before their City Hall Plaza festival, Boston Calling, was scheduled to take place — unless they hired union laborers, that is. Prosecutors also indicated that Mayor Walsh had received support from unions and may have encouraged Sullivan and Brissette to make the demands.

Both men were found guilty under statutes of the Hobbs Act, a 1946 federal law that prohibits individuals — and especially government officials — from purposefully obstructing commerce with the intent to rob or extort the targeted company and/or individuals. Sullivan was found guilty of conspiracy under the Hobbs Act, while Brissette was found guilty of both conspiracy and extortion under the same law. After the jury returned their verdict, Brissette and Sullivan resigned from Mayor Walsh’s office.

Judge Leo T. Sorokin will sentence Sullivan and Brissette next.

The short version of this long and tiring case is that government officials shouldn’t use their offices to threaten and coerce businesspeople — particularly those who are taking the initiative to bring music to fans. As , it’s becoming increasingly difficult for music festivals to operate, and that’s without considering expensive and illegal demands made by crooked government employees.

Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr Troll Tim Duncan Over New Coaching Gig

Team USA’s first day training camp ahead the 2019 FIBA World Cup kicked f on Monday in Las Vegas, as a number young NBA stars got back on the court in preparation for the tournament taking place in China.

Head coach Gregg Popovich will be running the show, and he’ll have some assistance from Steve Kerr, Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright. During Monday’s session, Popovich and Kerr spoke with the media about a number topics, including the San Antonio Spurs’ recent hiring future Hall Famer Tim Duncan. Both were ready to fire f some jokes.

Says Pop:

“Tim Duncan doesn’t know a lick about coaching. I don’t even know why I hired him. He’s given me a paycheck for 19 years so I was kind obliged to pay him back.”

Kerr quipped:

“He’s already told the rest the staff that he’s the only one who’s not fireable. He’s right. Pop can’t fire Tim Duncan. He probably won’t do anything, just sit on the bench and sip tea.”

The Spurs signed the five-time NBA champion to an assistant coaching position on Popovich’s staff last month. At the time, Pop released a brief statement: “It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor.”

Team USA’s training camp will run from August 5 thru August 9. The 2019 FIBA World Cup is scheduled to tip f on August 31, with the championship game taking place on September 15.

A$AP Rocky Freed From Swedish Prison, Allowed To Leave Country

A$AP Rocky has been released from Swedish custody, according to Swedish publication SvD and other sources. The rapper was charged earlier last month with assault after he was caught beating someone up on camera which he’s argued was self-defense. The rapper will have to return to court August 14th where the judge will deliver their verdict on whether A$AP Rocky will be found guilty or not the assault. The rapper, along with two his friends who were also charged, will reportedly not have to remain in Sweden while they wait for the court to deliver their verdict.

This story is being updated.