YouTuber Zack of the JerryRigEverything channel will seek damages from Casetify for plagiarism
November 25, 2023

YouTuber Zack of the JerryRigEverything channel will seek damages from Casetify for plagiarism

YouTuber at JerryRigEverything channel's famous Zack Nelson is launching legal action against the Hong Kong giant, a mobile phone case company, Casetify.

The controversy revolves around the striking similarities between Casetify's “Inside Out” series and Zack Nelson's Teardown series, the result of a collaboration between JerryRigEverything YT channels and peripheral companies dbrand.

Zack Nelson, known for his popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, has expanded his business into cell phone cases under the Teardown brand. These cases closely imitate the internal components of the device, containing high-resolution scans and cleverly placed jokes and “easter eggs” – a type of digital watermark or “trap street” to identify unauthorized reproduction.

JerryRigEverything has thoroughly examined all of Casetify's disputed knockoffs

The dispute came into the public eye when Nelson noticed that Casetify offered a design that was remarkably similar to his own. Despite Casetify being one of the largest tech accessory brands, with over 25 million cases sold annually, Nelson and dbrand decided to scrutinize the counterfeits in question.

Nelson claims that the Casetify design not only mimics the Teardown series, but also contains specific details, such as the presence of the dbrand logo and references such as the number 11, that were deliberately incorporated into his creations. The controversy deepens as Nelson points to instances where Casetify appears to have used images from dbrand's website instead of doing the original scans.

My city reports on Nelson's claims, noting that they do not have direct access to either version and can only rely on statements from the parties involved. Interestingly, Casetify's “Inside Out” series, accused of imitating Teardown, has mysteriously disappeared from their website.

In response to the allegations, Casetify issued a statement emphasizing its commitment to originality and acknowledging that an investigation has been launched into the copyright claims. The announcement also reveals the removal of the challenged designs from all platforms. It is interesting that the company mentioned DDOS attack that disrupted their website during the outbreak of the allegations. While denying any threat to user data, the statement ends with an unusual expression of gratitude for patience and support during a “challenging period”.

JerryRigEverything, determined to handle the situation transparently, promised to keep his audience regularly updated via the channel. Nelson, while taking legal action against Casetify, claims his goal is not for personal financial gain, but to teach Casetify a lesson through a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Any potential winnings, he claims, would contribute to his humanitarian project “The Rig”, focused on off-road wheelchairs.

As the legal battle unfolds, the tech community is anxiously awaiting a resolution to this conflict between content creators and the global mobile accessories giant.