Vevo used to be an on demand advertising supported video streaming service
, owned and financed by a few major labels, formally managed by Vevo LLC. Vevo consisted of the following:
MarvMent LLC (C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 11228) is suspected of an illegal usage of International Standard Recording Codes (ISRC) assigned by IFPI to VIDYPS 79, abuse and misapplication of Blue2Digital’s collection of independent works and data, copyright infringement arised out of unauthorized publishing around 1,000 music videos originally distributed by Blue2Digital to Vevo, violation of the regular ownership transfer procedure and conflict of interest.
On November 15, 2017, the case was reported to the IC3 via WWW.IC3.GOV.
- the main website Vevo.com, which used to be an on-demand video streaming website
- Vevo-On-YouTube, which used to represent the branded Vevo pages on YouTube; artists had an option to promote their videos on Vevo.com, Vevo-on-YouTube, or both.
Shortly after that, on December 15, 2017
, Vevo's board of directors announced a "leadership transition at the world's leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform"
, Vevo's President and CEO since 2015, had decided to step down to "pursue new opportunities"
Expectedly, on May 24, 2018
Vevo announced "changes to its owned and operated platforms"
which resulted in Vevo shutting down its video-hosting service
THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:
- In October 2015, MarvMent LLC (incorrectly presented as an "independent distribution company", engaging a registered nurse as a contact person and actually being managed and supported by Mills Antonio Wade, an engineer at Vevo), along with John Guerrier De'Bey, a fake bussinesman from New York City (for more details on him, please check HERE), illegally and secretly came into possession of around 1,000 music videos to Vevo originally distributed by Blue2Digital, with the help of Vevo that violated the ownership transfer procedure and carried the videos over to MarvMent without the consent of our company's or its clients' and without even informing anyone about it
- All the views from these videos were illegally deleted, which made them look like they were published for the first time
- In July 2015 John De'Bey fabricated a music distribution agreement between the fictitious "V-ERA Soft LLC" (a company that he lied he had founded on my behalf), "Universal Music Group" and himself, offering this forged document as an alternative to the deal my company had with Merlin B.V., "the global digital rights agency for the world's independent label sector", formally headquartered in the Netherlands, but actually run in the United Kingdom
- John De'Bey said that he had also invested into this agreement and that he had transferred "funds from his offshore account to his U.S. account to pay back American Express for those fees"
- De'Bey asked from me to select some videos that I would like to introduce to "Universal Music Group", which I did; I sent him a list of around 1,000 videos that I found they would best present my company's catalog, forming a collection of data
- In the beginning of October 2015, De'Bey informed me that 1,000 videos would be taken over by "Universal Music Group"; shortly after, the videos were reinstated on Vevo.com and YouTube, but there was no information on whose behalf the videos were reinstated of
- It appeared that the videos (allegedly taken over by "Universal Music Group") were restored just partially; the digital video files and International Standard Recording Codes once assigned to VIDYPS 79 had remained the same, but the statistics and views on the videos were completely and illegally removed, without any apparent reason or explanation
- As a consequence, it caused the musicians to losing all the money that they had previously invested into their promotion
- On December 2nd, 2015 I saw the automated notifications sent by YouTube on raising around 1,000 ownership conflicts between VIDYPS 79 and a rather anonymous company called "MarvMent, LLC"; the conflicts were addressed to all videos I had recently sent to, as I thought, "Universal Music Group" and even to some other videos of my company's
- Someone obviously had "forgotten" to turn these notifications off, because I was not supposed to find out it was no "Universal Music Group" involved, but "MarvMent"
- De'Bey, however, explained that MarvMent was "owned by Universal Music Group" and "he was there when MarvMent was acquired by UMG"; he even suggested that "we remove VIDYPS as the owner of the content because of our new agreement, and the fact that we authorized the transfer. Now it will be MarvMent (UMG) o.b.o V ERA SOFT."
- The next several months De'Bey spent falsifying Vevo royalty reports as allegedly sent by "MarvMent/UMG"
- In January 2016 a client of mine came across MarvMent by chance; he asked them about Vevo and was answered by a woman (or a guy) named "Takeema Gumbs" that his channel was already in MarvMent's system because "it was submitted to MarvMent" by my company, that my company should "relinquish all control over the channel" and that MarvMent should be sent an email about "verifying the transfer of the channel management"
- I contacted Vevo regarding this issue back in September 2016. The Head of Business Affairs at Vevo redirected me to Vevo's outside legal Counsel
- Absurdly, the Counsel turned out to have asked for help from no other but John De'Bey, which assured me that Vevo, MarvMent and De'Bey had a deal; the Counsel's whole defense was based upon the information and emails he got right from John De'Bey
- The counsel forwarded me the whole conversation among De'Bey, MarvMent and Vevo regarding giving my company's videos over to MarvMent, which I didn't know about
- Having gone through that conversation, I realized that De'Bey, MarvMent and Vevo had deliberately avoided the ownership transfer procedure and tried to keep their conversation away from the public
- It turned out that "Universal Music Group" was never mentioned by anybody and that the intention from the very beginning was to carry the videos over to MarvMent without informing me about it - we recommend that our clients should read the letter we wrote for them regarding this matter
- These emails reveal that De'Bey "represented" my company (without my consent), Vevo was represented by the Director of Content Operations at Vevo and three other persons, including the Vice President & Business Affairs Manager at Vevo; finally, MarvMent was represented by Takeema Gumbs, a registered nurse working in one of the New York's hospitals
- It is very unusual to see a nurse distributing music videos; it could have been Takeema Gumbs who wrote those emails but it also could have been someone else abusing her name
- Vevo took the videos down after I had reached out to them, but they refused to compensate or cooperate in any other way; Vevo is not protected from copyright infringement liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's "safe harbor" because no act of video publishing can be performed without being approved as such on Vevo's end and engagement of Vevo's software and staff; Vevo cannot pretend to be just a video network having no idea about the content being uploaded to its servers
- A few weeks after I had contacted Vevo addressing this issue, the abovementioned Director of Content Operations left Vevo
- Meanwhile I found that MarvMent was greatly supported by a guy named Mills (Antonio) Wade from Brooklyn, NY, a system engineer at Vevo who was promoting MarvMent at the same time, more or less anonymously, finding himself in a conflict of interest
- When I approached the Head of Business Affairs at Vevo and the Counsel again in May 2017 and even created videos presenting these new details, they never replied; however, one of the guys from the Business Affairs involved with this affair left Vevo shortly after
- MarvMent is managed (if not owned) by both John De'Bey and Mills Wade from Vevo; MarvMent have misrepresented themselves as an "independent video distribution company"; the involvement of a registered nurse, Takeema Gumbs, is also highly questionable
a) Takeema Gumbs, Registered Nurse: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: (917)-858-7151, www.marvment.com
b) Mills (Antonio) Wade, System Engineer at Vevo: email@example.com, mills.wade@Vevo.com