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$20 Million Demand|for YouTube Uploads

LOS ANGELES (CN) - A company claiming rights in two Chief Keef albums sued Google for $20 million, claiming its subsidiary YouTube let users upload infringing versions of Keef's recordings.

E. TV claims copyright and distribution rights to Chief Keef albums "Bang 3, Part 1" and "Bang 3, Part 2."

The Chicago-born rapper and record producer is not a party to the federal lawsuit. His real name is Keith Cozart.

In its Feb. 8 lawsuit, E. TV Networks says 15 people have uploaded recordings from the two albums onto YouTube. It identified all of them and named them as defendants.

E. TV Networks says it filed a takedown request with YouTube through its agent FilmOn TV Networks, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and YouTube removed the offending material.

But the uploaders challenged the decision last summer and filed their own notifications. YouTube then restored the works at the video-sharing site, according to the complaint.

E. TV Networks seeks $20 million in actual damages, disgorgement of unjust profits and an injunction.

It is represented by Barry Rothman.

Google did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment Tuesday.

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