The lawsuit, filed with the San Mateo Superior Court within the US state of California, accuses YouTube and Google of violating Wozniak’s proper of publicity and misappropriating his title and likeness. It additionally accuses the search big of aiding and abetting fraud, and negligent failure to warn customers. Google is but to subject an official response to the lawsuit.
“YouTube has featured a steady stream of scam videos and promotions that falsely use images and videos of Plaintiff Steve Wozniak, and other famous tech entrepreneurs, and that have defrauded YouTube out of millions of dollars”, the lawsuit says. In the identical breath, it additionally praises Twitter for “acting swiftly” following the large bitcoin rip-off earlier this week. “That similar day, Twitter acted swiftly and decisively to close down these accounts and to guard its customers from the rip-off”, the lawsuit says.
The swimsuit additional alleged that Google and YouTube didn’t take these movies down even when intimated in regards to the rip-off. “With full knowledge of this scam, YouTube resisted taking the scam videos down, allowed them to multiply. YouTube and Google took the further step of promoting and profiting from these scams by providing paid advertising that targeted users who were most likely to be harmed”, it claims.