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YouTube Copyright ID Scammers Must Pay Artists $3.3m Restitution


  • Two men exploited YouTube's Content ID system, posing as legitimate rightsholders, generating over $23 million in revenue by falsely claiming rights to 50,000 copyrighted songs.
  • The scammers, associated with MediaMuv LLC., operated through a third-party company, resulting in criminal charges and prison sentences for wire fraud and money laundering.
  • Following the legal proceedings, a federal court ordered the scammers to pay $3.3 million in restitution to hundreds of affected artists, who were mainly Spanish language artists targeted by the YouTube Content ID scam.

Discussion (2)

kenshin99 profile image

This situation is infuriating; these scammers exploited artists and the Content ID system, making millions. The fact that they only have to pay $3.3 million in restitution seems like a slap on the wrist considering the damage caused. Justice should be more substantial for the affected artists.

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Criss F

It's reassuring to AT LEAST see legal action being taken. While $3.3 million might not fully compensate the affected artists, it's a step towards holding scammers accountable and hopefully preventing such incidents in the future.