Technoviking Wins Lawsuit

The man known as Technoviking managed to win his lawsuit against the videographer who made him famous -without testifying and without revealing his identity. A court in Berlin sided with the plaintiff against Matthias Fritsch over the 2000 video of Technoviking dancing at a street fair that went viral in 2007. The judgement means Fritsch must pay Technoviking the money he made from YouTube ads, most of the court costs, and €10,000 in compensation. He can also no longer use the original footage or derivative works.

Fritsch told the Daily Dot he was not pleased with the verdict. While he said he supports a person's right to privacy, he also firmly believes the video was a work of art and that, by forcing him to pay back his YouTube earnings, the court is essentially saying an artist cannot profit from their work. He said he'd like to take the legal fight to a higher court, but that will put him "even deeper in debt."

The mighty Technoviking never showed up in court, Fritsch said, preferring his lawyer to serve as proxy for the entire process.

The lawsuit only affects Fritsch, so the many copies of the Technoviking video will live forever. After all, you can't put the genie back in the bottle. Link

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