Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak sues YouTube for using his name in Bitcoin scams
The Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is suing video-sharing platform YouTube and its parent company Google for allegedly using his name in bitcoin giveaway scams. According to the complaint, the scams told users that Wozniak is hosting a Bitcoin giveaway event.
Wozniak is among the 18 litigants that filed the lawsuit on Tuesday seeking punitive damages, a trial by jury, and requesting video sharing platform to remove all bitcoin giveaway scams and promotions relating to Wozniak’s name and likeness. The lawsuit declared that YouTube had been deliberately hosting, promoting, and directly profiting from bitcoin giveaway scams.
The complaint filed with the Superior Court of the State of California in the county of San Mateo stated that YouTube streamed scam videos and promotions featuring images and videos of Steve Wozniak. These bitcoin scams that employ images of prominent tech entrepreneurs have ripped off YouTube users out of millions of dollars. The names of other reputable entrepreneurs, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Michael Dell, were also unlawfully utilized in these crypto giveaway scams.
It is not the first time Youtube is facing this kind of accusation. Earlier, the giant video-sharing platform was litigating with Ripple Labs, along with CEO Brad Garlinghouse, as the former failed to effectively police fake XRP giveaway scams that were causing financial and reputational harm to the blockchain-based company.
YouTube has been accused of not taking the necessary measures to remove content that encourages crypto scams. Ironically enough, the video-sharing platform was on the spotlight earlier this year when it removed legitimate cryptocurrency-based channels.