The camp of the Television and Production Exponents (TAPE) Inc. denied the accusations from the lawyer of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon that they hacked the YouTube channel of Eat Bulaga to gain access to it.
In a statement, Atty. Maggie Abraham-Garduque said that there was no reason for them to hack the Eat Bulaga YouTube channel which has 5-M subscribers.
According to them, the owner of the channel was an employee of TAPE, so they only asked YouTube to recover it.
Aside from that, the bank connected to the YouTube channel was also owned by TAPE.
“Tape did not hack the account. Tape will never do such a thing. Thus, it is not liable for cybercrime. Being the owner of the account, Tape was able to coordinate with YouTube to change the email and the password and the new contact person in behalf of the company,” said Abraham-Garduque.
“The person who made the account was an employee of tape when she made the account and she made the YouTube account in behalf of tape, inc. Tape, Inc is ready to show the official receipts from YouTube stating that it is the one which spent to create the account. The bank account linked to the You Tube account is likewise owned by Tape, Inc,” she added.
It can be recalled that TAPE aired its first live stream using the official YouTube channel of Eat Bulaga on September 9.
However, the TVJ camp said that they would take legal action to recover the said YouTube channel.
Atty. Enrique Dela Cruz, the lawyer of TVJ, said that the past episodes uploaded on the said Youtube channel were under the copyright of his client.
“The content of that You Tube account are past episodes of Eat Bulaga. The copyright of those shows and all derivative works belong to TVJ,” said Dela Cruz.