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David Dobrik’s assistant Natalie confirms she’s dating Todd

Published: 22/Sep/2020 19:12 Updated: 22/Sep/2020 19:15

by Alice Hearing

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YouTube Star David Dobrik’s assistant Natalie Mariduena and Vlog Squad member Todd Smith have long been at the center of a speculated romance in the eyes of fans — now the rumors have finally been confirmed. 

Natalie officially confirmed that she and Todd Smith are dating in an episode of Dobrik’s Views podcast.

Back in February, the ex-boyfriend of Corinna Kopf, Todd Smith, was shown to have some underlying feelings for Natalie, after they all came out in a series of drunk texts one night

Naturally, Dobrik put a screenshot of the texts on a huge Los Angeles billboard on Melrose Avenue, right next to an image of Todd’s face. 

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Instagram: Natalie Mariduena
In August, an Instagram post of the pair fuelled rumors of a blossoming romance.

Reading out the texts, David and his friends laugh at messages asking if he can stay with her, telling her “you break my heart,” and finally announcing that he is “falling out of love” with her. 

In August, an Instagram photo posted by Natalie fuelled the rumors of a blossoming relationship, showing the pair cuddling up on the beach during what seems to be an impromptu beach date.

Drama Alert’s KEEMSTAR even reached out to Dobrik to confirm the potential relationship — but, the YouTube sensation was also in the dark.

“I have no f**king clue hahaha,” Dobrik said of the issue in a reply to KEEMSTAR’s questioning. “I wish I knew, myself.”

But in an episode of Dobrik’s Views podcast, Natalie directly confirmed that they’re together. David began by telling the story of how he found out. 

He said, “We were on a shoot, this was like two months ago, and someone goes ‘yeah I’m just talking to Natalie about her boyfriend.’ And I go ‘what?’ I go ‘it’s her boyfriend? so todd’s her boyfriend?’ and this woman is like ‘whoa wait you don’t know that she has a boyfriend don’t you spend every day together?’ and I was like no she just never told us that.” 

He added, “Okay so it’s official you guys are dating?” at which point Natalie responded with a firm yes. Putting to rest any fans’ hopes that she and David Dobrik himself had a mysterious romance behind closed doors. 

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

Published: 30/Oct/2020 2:19 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 2:43

by Isaac McIntyre

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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.

JakeNBake is the latest Twitch streamer to be 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 clear his entire video back-catalog in an effort to avoid that next promised DMCA strike.

He also plans to counter-claim, but admitted he was “scared.”

“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 ever 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.