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500k Youtube Lawsuit???

posted by BoneFreak on - last edited - Viewed by 850 users
In case you haven't heard, Youtube user Nalts recently put up a video of an Icecream man (and the video has since been taken down) which I assume has not gone viral, but the video is not the main point. The point is that this Ice Cream Man has gone and brought up a lawsuit suing BOTH Youtube and Nalts for 500 grand due to the fact that this video was put up without his permission and that it is a "violation of his privacy". And no, this is in no ways a joke (there's even this picture dealing with the case).


My opinions:

1. Why does a man have the job of an Ice Cream man, yet have 500k of money?
2. There's a reason why people who are featured in viral videos don't make lawsuits: It's not a violation of privacy because anyone could video tape anyone in public easily. Take the "Bedroom Intruder Man" for instance.
3. Although YouTube could help out financially, there is no reason why they should be involved in this as well. They only provide the player and the upload tool: they had nothing to do with filming the video.

What do you all think? I think it's an outrage for sure.
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  • He should be Falcon Punched in the guts, and perhaps be castrated to ensure no more harm to the gene pool would be done.
  • I couldn't agree more.
  • I hope Nalts looses this one.
    He needs to learn that owning a camera doesn't mean you can film everyone just because you own a youtube channel.
    His argumentation "It's only for my youtube channel" which he likes to use in discussions like this falls flat if one person just doesn't want to be on his tape. He has to respect it. Simple as that.

    Edit:
    Forgot to mention that I do think however 500k are to much :)
  • Then you don't realize the consequences from this. This would just open up ways for people to just randomly sue everybody who posts something on the internet at all times.
  • I'm pretty sure you're not allowed to take a picture of a specific person and post it publicly. If I remember corectly, there is a law that "crowd shots" are okay, but if you're easily indientifiable and alone or only a few people, permissions need to be asked.
    I'm going with what I know of French laws about it, mind you.
    Oh, and yeah, 500k is a ridiculous amount.
  • BoneFreak;362960 said:
    1. Why does a man have the job of an Ice Cream man, yet have 500k of money?
    Isn't that how much he's demanding rather than how much he already owns?
  • There are truly many videos that feature random people, however. Sure, if you exploit the person to a full extent (i.e making fun of him/herself, their family, insulting religon, etc.).

    500k is a truly ridiculous number, and if this guy actually DOES win the court over, they will most likely lower the sue amount WAY down.

    Because if Nalts does lose and the sue amount hasn't been touched, that will be depressing. First off, it's a ridiculous amount, and second off: what will Nalts have left for him? He's married and has 2 kids, it'd be truly, REALLY sad if he goes into debt (which I assume will happen) at this moment.
  • Absolutely ridiculous.

    Nalts took down the original video when the ice cream man complained originally, then reuploaded it with blurred faces so that he wasn't identifiable. I'm pretty sure that's still legal. I'm no lawyer, but I can't see Mr. I Scream winning this one. I bet $500k on it.

    By the way, I don't think the offending video was uploaded that recently.
  • Pinchpenny;363066 said:
    Absolutely ridiculous.

    Nalts took down the original video when the ice cream man complained originally, then reuploaded it with blurred faces so that he wasn't identifiable. I'm pretty sure that's still legal. I'm no lawyer, but I can't see Mr. I Scream winning this one. I bet $500k on it.

    By the way, I don't think the offending video was uploaded that recently.
    Well if he blurred the guy's face, I'd guess that it'd be okay. That's why you see people's faces being blurred on TV; they didn't sign a release.
  • doesnt the ice cream man allready have hundreds and thousands
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