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Twitch warns creators after receiving 1,000 DMCA statements from record companies


Twitch’s copyright issues will not go away. In an email shared by esports consultant Rod Breslau, the company warned that it had recently received a batch of approximately 1,000 personal DMCA removal notices.

All claims involve archived broadcasts, most of which feature the anchor listening to music in the background while playing games or talking with viewers.

In the same message, Twitch stated that it believes that publishers use automated tools to generate requests, which indicates that more requests are on the way.

According to the Engadget report: “We recently received a batch of DMCA removal notices, which involved music publishers making about 1,000 personal statements.” 

“All statements are for VOD, and most of them are for broadcasting. Streaming of background music while watching a video game or IRL stream. We want to make sure that the creator community is aware that the only way to protect themselves from DMCA notifications is: not to stream music-or other copyrighted material-they have no rights.”

DMCA removal has always been a headache for the Twitch community. It all started last summer when the company said it had seen a “sudden influx” of delete notices. Like the latest episode, most of the clips involved have been on the website for several years.

Image via Twitch Blog

Twitch tries to solve this problem first by expanding the number of free songs it provides to anchors. Then it published a blog post explicitly urging them not to use copyrighted music.

Since each notification represents a potential blow to the account, another wave of bans may be coming.

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