This summer, amid a flurry of legal issues, Youtube removed nearly 2,000 extremely popular Wolfoo videos produced by Vietnamese studio Sconnect following claims from Entertainment One (EOne) that the franchise is a knockoff of its popular Peppa Pig series.
What’s happened? In June, Youtube pulled the Wolfoo videos from several verified accounts hosted by the show’s production company Sconnect. According to social media tracking website Social Blade, the videos have likely lost somewhere between two and three billion views since then. Sconnect claims that downtime has cost the company significant financial losses, and “the damage is increasing every hour.”
Why did the videos get taken down? Youtube took down the Wolfoo videos after requests were made by EOne, the Toronto-based company which owns Peppa Pig. According to Sconnect, EOne’s claims that Wolfoo was derived from Peppa Pig are false, and Youtube should not have acted on them.