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Content creators call out YouTube for “stealing” their thumbnail

Published: 8/Feb/2020 11:14

by Daniel Cleary


Popular content creators ‘DeadMeat’ have called out YouTube after their thumbnail was apparently stolen for one of the platform’s on-demand horror movies.

The YouTube channel ‘DeadMeat’ has built a massive following of over 3.5 million subscribers for its reviews and breakdowns of popular horror titles.

However, the popular review channel did not seem to be too impressed after realizing that YouTube had taken a thumbnail from one of their videos for one of their own newly added movies.

DeadMeat, YouTube
Horror movie review channel DeadMeat has called out YouTube after stealing their thumbnail

One of the most popular series on the DeadMeat channel is called “Kill Count,” where they keep track of how many deaths there were in many of the fan-favorite horror films.

The content creators did an episode for the 6th movie in the popular A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare” in February 2018.

However, when the movie was later added to the video-sharing site for horror fans to rent or purchase, DeadMeat was quite surprised at how familiar the thumbnail that YouTube decided to use was.

“Lol wow, that’s weird. What up, YouTube?” DeadMeat founder James Janisse simply asked, quote tweeting a picture of their video’s thumbnail in comparison with the recently added horror movie.

The two thumbnails were almost identical, although many of the channel’s fans pointed out a noticeable smudge where the “Kill Count” series’ title had been erased from the image.

“Nice to know YouTube steals your thumbnail and horribly removes the kill count logo,” expressed SaintJOS03, who originally shared the bizarre similarities between the DeadMeat upload and the classic movie.

As of now, it seems as if YouTube has removed the movie from their platform following the controversy around the thumbnail but has not responded on the issue as of yet.


JakeNBake hit with DMCA strike for Kanye song in two-year-old Twitch clip

Published: 30/Oct/2020 2:19 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 3:16

by Isaac McIntyre


Twitch star Jake “Jake’n’Bake” Abramson has revealed he could be “in danger of losing everything” he’s built on his channel after an old IRL clip from more than two years ago was hit with a DMCA copyright strike due to a Kanye West song.

The ongoing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) drama sweeping across Twitch has spared no one from its reach. The new Twitch crackdown, which sees streamers pinged for licensed music on broadcasts, is the hot topic in the community right now.

One by one, Twitch’s biggest stars have been sucked into the DMCA drama; Imane “Pokimane” Anys was forced to delete her streaming back-catalog last week, and Michael “shroud” Grzesiek has called for stars to “unite” against the crackdown.

DragonForce’s Herman Li was also banned after DMCA flagged his own music.

Jake'n'Bake has become the latest Twitch streamer caught up in the DMCA drama.
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Jake’n’Bake has become the latest Twitch streamer caught up in the DMCA drama.

Now, the latest star to find himself on the DMCA frontlines is Jake’n’Bake. The 30-year-old IRL star is one of the Amazon-owned platform’s biggest stars. He boasts nearly 500k followers, but that may now be in danger.

Jake’n’Bake revealed on Oct. 29 that he had been hit with a copyright infringement from Twitch. The kicker? The clip in question was from a May 9 stream all the way back in 2018, which contained just mere seconds of Kanye West’s ‘Lift Yourself.’

Jake’n’Bake gets DMCA strike for old Twitch clip

“Just to be clear… this is a 30-second clip from two and a half years ago,” Abramson wrote on Twitter soon after receiving the DMCA email.

The Twitch email detailed a “claimed infringement” on Jake’n’Bake’s old 2018 broadcast, where moments of the Kanye West song can be heard. The email warned JakeNBake could have his channel “terminated” if another offense is uncovered.

“It was from an outdoor IRL stream. I probably passed by a shop, or was in a place that was playing the song in the background… I’m now in danger of losing everything,” the Twitch star continued. “How is this even realistic?”

Jake’n’Bake, who admitted on-stream soon after that Twitch is “80% of his life,” is now rushing to download and clear his video back-catalog — 13,00 past VODS worth — in an effort to avoid that next promised DMCA strike.

“The biggest thing for me, and I think a lot of people are the same, because my stuff is IRL, there’s like three years of home videos. I love that they’re all in one place, and accessible,” he explained.

“It’s not like I just played games… for me, it’s like, in my heart, all these memories, and experiences. It’s disappointing because it just got a bit more real.”

“My fear is if I counter-ping this, and it chimes like a little ‘tick’, and some computer just turns at me and goes through everything like ‘f*ck you, f*ck you, f*ck you’… and starts pinging me for everything I’ve done! Maybe I should just delete everything so that can’t get me.”

He added later, “It’s kind of nuts how this is just controlling my life now. This was two and a half years ago! I don’t really know what to do except delete everything, which just sucks. There’s nothing else I can really do.”

The DMCA drama, unfortunately, looks set to continue into the foreseeable future on Twitch, with the platform sticking to their guns on the copyright stance.

We can layout the big names hit by the wave so far ⁠— Courage, BrookeAB, Scump, Ninja, Sonii, Mongraal, Lirik… the list goes on ⁠— and there’ll likely be more caught in the crackdown soon. Twitch has yet to comment on the most recent strikes.