Ethan and Hila Klein of H3H3 Productions have won their lawsuit with Matt ‘Bold Guy’ Hoss.
Ethan and Hila were sued for copyright infringement back in 2016 after using footage of Hoss in one of their videos. The case had huge implications for the entire YouTube world, and soon became a story that creators and viewers of all backgrounds were invested in.
With what has become a landmark case for YouTube now at its conclusion, your first reaction might be ‘wait, what happened again?’ After all, legal proceedings are lengthy and complicated by nature. So to help you out, we’ve streamlined the action into a simple timeline of the H3H3 lawsuit’s key moments. Let’s dig in:
Ethan and Hila make a series of videos making fun of Matt Hosseinzadeh aka ‘Matt Hoss’ aka ‘The Bold Guy’, an eccentric YouTuber.
April 2016: Matt Hoss decides to sue Ethan and Hila for using some of his footage in their video about him.
Ethan and Hila used his footage on the basis that it was ‘fair use’.
‘Fair use’ is a legal concept (which varies in different countries) which generally says that it is okay to use other people’s copyrighted material in certain circumstances. For example, if you are making a review of said copyrighted material.
May 2016: Ethan and Hila reveal the lawsuit to their audience:
May 2016 Lawsuits are extremely expensive. YouTuber Philip Defranco sets up a GoFundMe to help them out.
The YouTube community rallies behind H3H3 Productions:
Even YouTuber Leafy, who has often beefed with H3H3, donated towards their legal fund:
October 2016: Matt releases a video about the lawsuit. It is massively disliked by YouTube viewers.
February 2017: Ethan and Hila give an update on the case.
Ethan reveals that in December 2016 they paid a small fortune of $50,000 in just one month for their attorney.
August 2017: The judge rules in favour of Ethan and Hila, and the H3H3 lawsuit is closed. They make a video about it:
August 2017: H3H3 celebrate their legal victory by re-uploading their video about Matt Hoss:
So there we have it, the Klein’s legal nightmare appears to be over. How will you be celebrating their victory, or commiserating Matt’s loss? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.