Twitch Streaming Sees A Major Surge In DMCA Takedown Requests
Twitch streaming may seem like a simple endeavor to some, but it takes a lot of work and rule-following in order to make a living while using the platform. Streamers need to always be conscious of how they present themselves as well as follow a variety of rules to make sure that they can avoid things like copyrights claims and breaking other terms of service. Unfortunately, it seems there’s been a recent surge of DMCA takedown requests that have been hitting streamers on Twitch who used copyrighted music as far back as three years ago.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was created back in 1998 as not just a copyright law, but specifically the copyright law of the internet. The DMCA has been the reason why many YouTubers have been forced to take down some or all of their videos over the years and now, Twitch streamers are also getting hit en force with DMCA claims. Not only does a recent Tweet make note of the sudden influx of claims, but it reveals that Twitch is hoping that they can help make things easier for streamers who need to sift through and take down a lot of content to find copyrighted music from their expansive archives.
📢 This week, we’ve had a sudden influx of DMCA takedown requests for clips with background music from 2017-19. If you’re unsure about rights to audio in past streams, we advise removing those clips. We know many of you have large archives, and we’re working to make this easier.
— Twitch Support (@TwitchSupport) June 8, 2020
Twitch has continued to maintain its stance on following the DMCA laws for quite some time. Streamers are able to use royalty-free music, anything that they themselves own, or even music from Twitch Sings so long as it abides by the Twitch Terms of Service. Let us know your thoughts on the recent surge in DMCA takedown requests on Twitch and more in the comments section below. As always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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