- YouTube argues that the platform is immune from liability for crypto scams that are executed as part of its video content or descriptions on the platform.
- Lawyers for Ripple and Brad Garlinghouse, recently filed a lawsuit against the platform in response to the failure to stop scammers with the company's token.
The legal team for YouTube argue that the platform is immune from liability for cryptocurrency scams that are executed as part of its video content or descriptions on the platform. Lawyers for the San Francisco-based blockchain initiative ripple and the chief executive officer of the company, Brad Garlinghouse, recently filed a lawsuit against the video platform in April in response to the platform's failure to stop scammers and impersonators with the company’s native token. The company argued that the platform benefits from the actions of scammers by profiting from paid advertisements.
However, according to an update from the 21st of July this week on Law360, attorneys for YouTube argued in a dismissal bid that Section 230 of the communications decency act applied to the case at hand.
The lawsuit from the San Francisco-based company mentions that channels specifically impersonate the CEO of ripple in their scams.
Interestingly though, according to the legal team from YouTube:
“The right of publicity law protects individuals' names, images or voices from being used for commercial purposes without permission, but Ripple's suit alleges that a third-party hacker employed Garlinghouse's identity in its videos, not YouTube.”