U.S. News | Stephen Yang Alleges Popular YouTube Channel Unlawfully Used Photo

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Late last month, a New York professional photojournalist, Stephen Yang filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against The Young Turks Inc. and The Young Turks LLC alleging copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants who owns a YouTube channel with more than 4 million subscribers used one of his photographs without license or consent.

The plaintiff photographed businessman, Dan Rochkind in 2017 and the photograph was published under license by the New York Post in April 2017. The plaintiff alleges the photograph was also registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.

The plaintiff accuses the defendants of posting the photograph multiple times in a video on their YouTube channel without license from him or permission which has caused damages and drive profit to the defendants.

The plaintiff is suing for statutory damages of up to $150,000 per copyrighted work infringed and also seek jury and judgment of the defendants to remove the photograph and account for all profits derived from the infringement and further relief as the court may deem just.


Stephen Yang Vs The Young Turks Inc. Et al.

Court – U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

# Case –  2:18-cv-07502

Date of Filing – Aug. 27, 2018

Cause – Infringement

Case – Copyright Infringement

Plaintiff Representation – Gregory P. Goonan of The Affinity Law Group in San Diego.



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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com