Copyright Law

Company that owns rights to viral videos is suing for copyright violation

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Jukin Media Inc., a business built around viral videos, with partners including the Huffington Post and Verizon Wireless, recently sued the rap-centric website WorldStarHipHop for copyright infringement.

WorldStarHipHop, which posts a variety of popular videos, is accused of stealling 300 clips from Jukin Media, including one that featured a mother wearing a Chewbacca mask, Law.com reports.

Jukin pays people for their videos, registers the images with the U.S. Copyright Office and licenses the content to various websites and television shows, according to the article. It recently settled a similar action with Defy Media, the company behind the websites Smosh and Screen Junkies, the Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq. blog reports.

WorldStarHipHop removed the videos in question last month, according to Law.com. Attorneys for Jukin say it’s in the business of content, not litigation.

“We’re doing it when we have these egregious cases, when we have extreme numbers of our content stolen. We need to go through and make sure our rights holders are protected,” said Joseph Moschella, the company’s head of business and legal affairs.

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