Michelle Phan Sued Over Copyright Infringement
It looks like everyone’s “beauty bestie” is in some hot water after Ultra Records filed a lawsuit against her.
Usually when a YouTuber is under contract with a multichannel network, the network provides licenses to songs that a YouTuber can cover or use in their videos. MCNs also help protect YouTubers against copyright infringement, but in 2012, Michelle Phan created her own MCN called FAWN. Turns out FAWN isn’t protected from these copyright issues, and Ultra Records wants in on the beauty guru’s profits.
How much of her profits? Well… all of it. The company has gone back through Michelle’s catalog of videos which date back all the way to 2007, and have already gathered “dozens” of instances where Michelle has used tunes from their artists without permission.
What do you think of the situation, do you think Ultra Records would care about copyright infringement if Michelle’s channel didn’t become what it is now? Do you think that YouTube will pull her channel’s print, TV and movie theater ads after this news? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @WhatsTrending!