YouTube has terminated Top Dawg Ent’s official YouTube channel which had audio and music videos from the whole team including Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and others. The channel now shows this message instead of all the videos:
Top Dawg Entertainment has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted.
The reason why the account got deleted is not confirmed but a recent lawsuit by Italian photographer Giordano Cipriani could be playing a part. He just sued Kendrick and his labels TDE and Interscope over unauthorized use of his photo on the ‘The Blacker The Berry’ single artwork.
The photographer wants the court to stop Kendrick from continuing to use his picture, and wants about $150,000 for each time the photograph was used.