Craze Digital

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Craze Digital
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Founded 2004 (2004)
Founder Sam Kleinman
Official website crazedigital.com

Craze Digital, also known as Craze Productions, is a digital film and music distributor and independent record label based in London and founded in 2004 by Sam Kleinman (former manager of the European "BCM" records). "Craze" officially distributed Hip hop albums of some of the genre's leading artists - Rev Run, Warren G, Usher and others. As of November 2016, the company have almost 3,000 videos uploaded on DailyMotion, none of which have any notices linking them to their copyright owners.[1] Between 2009 and July 2011 Craze’s 2,000-odd YouTube uploads were seen by a large number of people, prior to having their channels closed down.[1]

In July 2011, Craze Productions sued YouTube/Google in the Los Angeles Superior Court concerning payment of advertising revenues, asking for over $2 million in potentially unpaid monies.[2] In September 2011 the lawsuit was dismissed.[3] Numerous smaller claims by Craze against individuals have been similarly unsuccessful.

In December 2013 and January 2017, Craze illegally distributed the back catalogue of American R&B singer Aaliyah onto digital download and streaming services, including the iTunes Store and Spotify.[4][5]

Artists[edit]

Below is a list of some artists Craze have distributed digitally.

Vanessa Amorosi, Jimmy Cliff, Leona Lewis,[6] Warren G,[7]Liberty X,[8] Rev Run [9]

Termination of YouTube Channels[edit]

By July 2011 three of Craze's YouTube channels, including Get Me Horror [10] and Classic Movies Online ("Craze Classics"),[11] had been terminated citing that the accounts had "been suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's Copyright Policy.[12]"

YouTube publicly listed a range of copyright claimants including Synapse Films, Wingnut Films,[13] Kino International and Warner Bros. [14]

As of January 2017, Craze Digital has a number of active YouTube channels.

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