Ultra Records is suing Michelle Phan for $150,000 for each proven copyright infringement. It claims that she has used around 50 songs without permission in her videos and on her website. The label has the likes of Kaskade, deadmau5 and Calvin Harris on its books.
However, one of the artists whose work features in the record label’s complaint, Kaskade, has come out in support of Phan. He said, on Twitter, that "Copyright law is a dinosaur, ill-suited for the landscape of today's media." However, he acknowledged that all he can do is voice his support despite Ultra Records’ insistence on citing his songs in its case.
Phan is planning to fight this lawsuit and intends to bring her own claims against Ultra. According to a spokesperson for Phan, the label allowed her to use the music.
Phan launched her YouTube channel in 2007 and has acquired more than 6 million subscribers. Her make-up tutorials and other videos have racked up almost 1 billion views with her most popular video, a Barbie transformation tutorial, receiving 55 million views.