We love Michelle Phan's totally addictive — and extremely helpful — YouTube makeup tutorials. We're equally impressed with how Phan managed to turn her love of beauty products into a full-time career with her own cosmetics line and endorsement deals. You know who's not so fond of Phan, though? Major EDM artists who release music through Ultra Records.
Michelle was recently hit with a massive lawsuit. The record label, which counts Calvin Harris, Kaskade, David Guetta, and Deadmau5 among its biggest names, is suing the beauty vlogger for copyright infringement. The complaint claims that Phan frequently uses its artists' songs without obtaining a license to do so, and that she's profiting from the videos.
Ultra doesn't just want some back-end residuals, either. Per Reuters, it wants "maximum statutory damages of $150,000 for each infringed work or unspecified damages to be determined." Phan also has to stop using the label's music immediately.
Thanks for all the love and support :) I've been through tougher times...and I know there is always a silver lining after a storm. IRLY ALL!— .｡Michelle Phan.｡ (@MichellePhan) July 19, 2014
Fans were quick to back her up.
@MichellePhan the music is extra. And even one their artist thanks you and say you got them more exposure than the label did which is funny.— Arielle Hernandez (@MissArieBabyNyc) July 19, 2014
@MichellePhan you got the support of everyone behind you!— Mike Ross (@ThatMikeRossGuy) July 19, 2014
@MichellePhan FIGHT. You got this.— Mark Julio (マークマン) (@MarkMan23) July 19, 2014
Here's hoping Ultra Records and Michelle Phan can work through this bad romance with minimal mascara-stained tears on both sides. (TMZ)