While Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar have lawyers going after modders for “obscene sexual content” in an M-rated game, we now have Activision sending Reddit a subpoena to find the person responsible behind the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare “Warzone” leak.
If you want to read the full story on this messy situation, you can head on over to website torrentfreak.com. However, the abridged version sees Activision sending TheGamingRevoYT or TheGamingRevolution a copyright claim due to the channel showing footage on YouTube claiming to be from the “Warzone” mode, hence the following image:
But there’s more.
Around the same time, a Reddit user under the name “Assyrian2410” took to r/modernwarfare to post a new thread. The user noted: “I found this image online. Not sure what it is. Possibly Battle Royale.” Here’s the image in question:
Unlike a normal company that would ignore the rumors and leaks to discredit them as being legit, Activision is going on a copyright takedown spree and is now after Reddit user Assyrian2410.
Fulfilling the Streisand effect, on February 14th, 2020, Activision contacted a California district court and now has attorneys acting for it to request a DMCA subpoena against Reddit.
What this subpoena will do is call the heads of Reddit to investigate its own platform to find anything in relation to the user Assyrian2410 (and possibly anyone related to the user to gather info).
Here’s a portion of the DMCA Subpoena courtesy of torrentfreak.com:
“Petitioner, Activision Publishing, Inc. through its undersigned counsel of record, hereby requests that the Clerk of this Court issue a subpoena to Reddit, Inc. to identify alleged infringers at issue, pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (‘DMCA’), 17 U.S.C. § 512(h). The DMCA Subpoena is directed to Reddit, Inc. Reddit is the service provider to which the subject of the subpoena – Reddit user ‘Assyrian241O’ – posted infringing Activision content.”
Although it might seem silly to some, the clerk of the Californian court has approved the subpoena and it will now be delivered to Reddit, which the service is “required to hand over the personal details of its user by February 29th, 2020.”
Although the Assyrian241O account is no longer active and the user deleted it days ago, Activision will still go through with said action.
Lastly, for those of you thinking, “How will Activision find this random user?” In most cases, they will find you when you “mess” with a court or you’re wrapped up in a subpoena from a big company. This is what is happening to the user “Skel” in the Twitch vs. Artifact hijack stream of last year, as noted by Lawful Masses with Leonard French: