Last month, Youtube deleted the children’s animation channel Super Jojo citing that they had “received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement.” At the time of its deletion, the channel had approximately 22 million subscribers and was among the top 25 animation channels on the platform.
The removal of the channel happened around the same time that the producers of Cocomelon, the most-subscribed animation channel on Youtube, filed a complaint in California federal court accusing the Chinese company behind Super Jojo of “blatantly copying Cocomelon.”
Cocomelon is owned by London-based Moonbug Entertainment and produced through Moonbug subsidiary Treasure Studio, which is headquartered in Irvine, California. Moonbug and Treasure Studio claim that Super Jojo has ripped off hundreds of characters, settings, song titles, lyrics, and images in its videos. One example from Cocomelon’s legal filing is the screengrab at top from Cocomelon’s “The Boo Boo Song” (left) and Super Jojo’s version of the same song (right).