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Brazilian Twitch streamer banned for showing Pink Floyd poster

Published: 24/Sep/2019 20:12 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 20:36

by Virginia Glaze

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As one of the most popular live-streaming platforms, Twitch boasts a wide variety of content creators, from IRL streamers to pro gamers and more. Sometimes, these streamers are hit with bans for unexpected reasons that leave them confused, including Gabepeixe’s ban for a seemingly innocent Pink Floyd poster. 

Brazilian streamer Gabriel “Gabepeixe” Baptista announced that he received a three-day ban from the site in a Tweet on September 23.

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According to Baptista, he was suspended from the platform due to showing the album cover for  Pink Floyd’s “Back Catalogue” – but that’s not the most mind-blowing part of the ban, by far.

Twitch streamer “Gabepiexe” was hit with a ban for showing a Pink Floyd album cover during a broadcast.
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As it so happens, the album cover in question wasn’t even his. Rather, Baptista was watching another streamer’s broadcast during his own stream, which contained the album cover in question in view of the camera.

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However, it wasn’t copyright infringement that resulted in Baptista’s ban: the “Back Catalogue” art features a series of nude women with their backs turned to the camera, with their bodies painted to resemble the band’s other album covers, likely posing a breach of Twitch’s Community Guidelines.

Pink Floyd’s “Back Catalogue” album cover features a series of naked women, painted with covers of their previous albums.

In his Tweet, Gabe explained that he’d been banned for showing the album, which appeared on another streamers broadcast. The streamer in questions has been streaming on Twitch for over a year without a ban, with the poster in full view. 

“…Twitch will [ban] me for three days because of a Pink Floyd album frame, which appeared during a video of a [guy] who has been live on Twitch for one year and never happened,” Twitter’s translation reads.

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Needless to say, Gabe’s ban sparked outrage across the net, with fans and bystanders alike scratching their heads at what seems to be a wildly confusing suspension.

“It’s album art that includes body painting, which is from another channel, but this guy get banned?” one Reddit user wrote of the issue. “What?”

Others pointed out that live body painting is allowed while an album containing women wearing body painting warranted a supposed ban – but this wouldn’t be the first time streamers have been suspended for unexpected reasons.

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A total of eight streamers have reported being banned for unspecified “fraudulent charges” after receiving large donations of bits from viewers using multiple accounts, only receiving automated messages in response to their queries.

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Thus far, both Twitch and Baptista have yet to expound upon his ban. But with multiple instances of unexpected suspensions for “sexual content” cropping up across the site (such as a cosplayer being banned for wearing a Chun-Li outfit), Twitch is in the public eye for once again for its controversial moderation.

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Cyberpunk 2077 stands by streamers amid Twitch DMCA controversy

Published: 24/Oct/2020 15:45

by Georgina Smith

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The Cyberpunk 2077 team at CD Projekt RED have confirmed that streamers will not have to worry about the new heavy DMCA regulations on Twitch when streaming their game, as the soundtrack has been built from scratch.

Twitch streamers were left frustrated and worried on October 21, after a wave of DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) warnings were sent regarding their past VODs and clips, with some even being deleted.

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Creators are now resorting to drastic measures to protect their channels and ensure their ability to upload future content, after it was discovered that past streams are now being picked apart. For many that means erasing the vast majority of their old content.

This included popular streamer Pokimane who said “Today, tomorrow, at some point, you guys are going to come across my channel and there’s going to be zero content. Sucks to say, but it is what it is.”

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Cyberpunk will be one of the major tiles playable on Series X in November.

This is concerning particularly for gaming streamers, who may play a game like Grand Theft Auto, where copyrighted music is played in the game world, through car radios etc. But the team behind the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077 have eased that concern for their upcoming game.

Twitch variety broadcaster DansGaming asked the developers whether the game would have a “streamer mode” that would allow creators the “option to mute Copyrighted Music that is licensed for the game so content creators don’t get DMCAs.”

The team replied that while there are more details to come in the near future, “our soundtrack has been created from the scratch – this includes all tracks from the numerous artists we work with. Their music has been made specifically for our game making this a bit smoother hopefully.”

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This is no doubt a huge relief to both creators and the developers, as streamers will be able to dive into what looks to be one of the biggest games of the year worry-free, and devs will be able to benefit from the amazing community that can emerge thanks to streamers.

Streamer DrLupo praised the developers, saying “they gave the go-ahead to content creators, they’re f**king smart, they made it all [the music].”

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CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world action-adventure RPG, set in the dystopian Night City, and is due to release on November 19.

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