YouTube channels can be a great revenue stream if you have a channel that people want to watch, but things can get ugly when their creators disagree with each other.
That’s what happened to Brandon Keating and David Moss who have won both a $20 million award and controlling interest in a YouTube channel (VideoGames) after suing their former partners.
Their former partners, Brian Martin and Marko Princip allegedly committed fraud by reneging on a 2012 agreement that gave Keating and Moss partial control over and revenue from VideoGames’ videos. The defendants avoided making payments, according to the lawsuit, and also kept the plaintiffs entirely out of the loop. You think that’s bad? Princip even handed control of the channel to a child without telling Keating or Moss what happened.
Neither of the defendants have shining online reputations. For instance Princip has seen multiple channels banned for violating YouTube’s guidelines. Martin has been accused of paying for bots (to frame critics for cheating on video views) and creating channels after getting the boot. So these defendants did not look very good in this case obviously.
There’s enough money at stake here that it makes it worthwhile for these guys to fight for the channel. VideoGames has over 3.3 million subscribers. Youtube can be big business for people these days.
Source EngadgetFiled Under: Entertainment News