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Twitch reprimands streamers over copyright infringement in old videos


Popular streaming platform Twitch was recently bombarded with DCMA notices, leading to an unprecedented number of streamer strikes and bans.

The leading video game-based live streaming service Twitch has been busy this past week, emailing notices to thousands of streamers regarding copyright infringement, particularly towards clips that contain copyrighted music going back as far as 2017.

Twitch’s rules about music have been in place for quite a while, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been policed as well as it should. This led to possibly millions of archived streamer videos containing copyrighted music.

Streamers are now in a frenzy trying to delete old videos to avoid strikes and possible permabans (permanent bans), but it seems the platform’s dashboard is also giving streamers a hard time.

Fuslie airs out her grievances on Twitter

Renowned Chinese-American Twitch streamer Leslie “Fuslie” Fu was one of the more high-profile personalities affected by the DMCA issue, as she took to Twitter to explain her predicament.

The variety streamer was quickly issued two copyright strikes on her account within a week for clips that were over a year old. Furthermore, she was advised by Twitch that one more violation of copyright infringement would warrant the permaban of her streaming account.

Fuslie reached out to Twitch staff only to be told that her best course of action was to delete all of her videos which, according to the streamer, numbers in excess of 100,000.

What makes matters worse is that the Twitch creator dashboard wasn’t loading her old clips, making it difficult to clear out her old footage.

Ultimately, the veteran streamer managed to get rid of all her stored clips and is back to streaming again but urges the Twitch community to find a better way to handle these situations for content creators in the future.

The Twitch community’s uproar

Obviously Fuslie wasn’t the only streamer upset at how the streaming service was handling things, with many content creators taking their grievances to their social media platform of choice to make their voices be heard.

Edison Park—the world record holder for most hours streamed in a month—took a shot at Twitch’s infrastructure, making it known that it lacks the functionality to load older clips. He also called out the “delete all clips for the video” feature for simply not working.

Respected horror streamer AnEternalEnigma joined the fray, voicing concerns about the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) having too much power, and calling for the reform of the outdated internet copyright law.

The reason for the sudden slew of DMCA takedown requests remains unclear at this point, but Twitch will have to improve their way of transparency with their streamers about the platform’s guidelines, to avoid another fiasco.

Featured image courtesy of Twitch/Twitter

Mo Alshorbaji

Mo Alshorbaji is an accomplished writer and has been an avid Gamer since he was 6 years old. When he's not busy writing articles or scripts for popular Gaming YouTube channels, he's writing video game and movie reviews for his Facebook page "The Frustrated Critic". He also enjoys spending time tinkering with his PC and keeping up with the latest Gaming and Tech news.

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