Recently, Twitch has come under close scrutiny for quite a few streamer-related decisions that the platform has made. Streamers such as DrDisRespect, Alisha 12877 and Leafy, have all been banned under mysterious and/or problematic circumstances.
Moreover, we have also talked about some controversial streamers being given a new lease of life on Twitch. This includes streamer/YouTuber Onision, who has, in the past, been accused of ‘child-grooming’. Further, other controversies have come from the allegations of toxicity in the work culture of the organization. Regardless, there are other issues that Twitch has recently begun to take seriously as well.
Twitch Bloodbath: Hundreds of Streamers receive a DMCA notice, sends TimtheTatMan and others in a frenzy
Back in July, Twitch had sent Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notifications to various streamers, in an attempt to get them to take the content infringement policies of the platform more seriously. Most streamers inadvertently end up infringing copyrights by playing random music, or featuring other types of content.
Back then, quite a few streamers responded by deleting their entire content off the platform in a bid to escape the ‘action’ that Twitch had promised. This worked out the issue, as the content which had infringed the copyrights was no longer on the platform.
Now however, it has been reported that literally hundreds of streamers across the platform have received emails with DMCA takedown notifications. This has led to panic and frenzy, as Twitch has not specified what precise action the platform will be taking in case the streamers fail to oblige.
According to the emails, all streamers who have uploaded content which infringes copyrights, have been told that they will not be given an opportunity to file a counter-claim. Instead, Twitch has themselves gone ahead and deleted the problematic content off their channels.
Prominent streamers such as TimTheTatman, Clix, and literally most notable Twitch streamers, have received these notices. However, contrary to how things appear, there might not be any reason to worry.
Verge has speculated that these notices are probably the result of various copyright claims that Twitch have received in the recent past. The law requires the platform to remove or block access to the content which they have been told infringes a copyright by the copyright holder.
Moreover, as the platform has responded by removing the infringing content on its own, Twitch streamers can breathe easy, as they now will not need to delete any content on their own.
You can watch Esports Talk's video on the matter below.