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U.S. Seeks 70-Month Prison Sentence for YouTube Content ID Scammer * TorrentFreak


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By pretending to be legitimate music rightsholders, two men managed to extract over $23 million in revenue from YouTube’s content-ID system. Both were arrested, pleaded guilty, and now face multi-year prison terms. This week, the U.S. requested a 70-month sentence against the ‘number two’ of the operation, in part to deter future fraud.

Sad YouTubeIn 2021, the US Department of Justice launched a criminal proceeding against two men suspected of running a massive YouTube Content ID scam.

By falsely claiming to own the rights to more than 50,000 songs, the pair generated more than $23 million in revenue.

Last year, one of the defendants confessed to his part in the copyright swindle by pleading guilty. Webster Batista admitted it was a simple scheme: find Latin American music that wasn’t yet monetized on YouTube and claim the content as their own.

Guilty Pleas

In February of this year, the second defendant pleaded guilty. Jose Teran signed a plea agreement…

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