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Michelle Phan, YouTube Beauty Star, Sued for Copyright Infringement

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By    |   Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 04:29 PM

Michelle Phan, a popular Internet beauty consultant, faces a lawsuit for copyright infringement filed by Ultra Records LLC and Ultra International Music LLC, who say Phan has used songs and compilations in her videos without a license.

The videos, in which Phan shows viewers how to look like Barbie, Lady Gaga, and others, have been viewed more than 150 millions times.

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The lawsuit seeks an injunction to stop Phan from using the music and damages of as much as $150,000 per infringement, Reuters reports.

One of the artists represented by the label has spoken up in defense of Phan, posting on Twitter that “Copyright law is a dinosaur, ill-suited for the landscape of today’s media.”





Those tweets came after Phan reached out to Kaskade on Twitter.



A spokesperson for Phan told the BBC that the lawsuit “lacks any merit.”

"Ultra agreed to allow Michelle to use the music and Michelle intends to fight this lawsuit and bring her own claims against Ultra,” the spokesperson said. "Michelle's intention has always been to promote other artists, creating a platform for their work to be showcased to an international audience.”

Phan has more than 6.7 million subscribers to her YouTube channel. The videos are supported by advertising and used to promote Phan’s line of makeup.

"You absolutely and unquestionably have to get a license to use music. It's not that hard to do, and it's ultimately not that expensive to do," Stacy Debroff, CEO of social media firm Mom Central Consulting and a former litigator told AdWeek.

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Michelle Phan, a popular Internet beauty consultant, faces a lawsuit for copyright infringement filed by Ultra Records LLC and Ultra International Music LLC, who say Phan has used songs and compilations in her videos without a license.
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