H3CZ states why Twitch shouldn't ban streamers playing with Dr Disrespect - Dexerto
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H3CZ states why Twitch shouldn’t ban streamers playing with Dr Disrespect

Published: 17/Sep/2020 18:04

by Michael Gwilliam

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Call of Duty icon Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez called out Twitch in a new video for their policies that forbid streamers from playing or engaging in content from those that have been banned – primarily Dr Disrespect.

In a September 16 YouTube video, H3CZ explained that there was concern from within the Twitch community where if streamers had Dr Disrespect’s voice come through their microphone while streaming, they might get banned.

“The reason why that happens is very simply because, how easy would it be for Dr Disrespect to, say, reach out to a friend like Hector,” he said, referring to himself. “‘Hector, you don’t stream. How about this: how about you stream and every sub that you get, we’ll split 50/50.’ That’s an easy hell yeah to me, right?”

Rodriguez further elaborated that people who were fans of Dr Disrespect would still get to hear him on Twitch and that would present a problem for the platform.

“How can they stop massive personalities on the platform from streaming with a friend of theirs?” he asked.

Notably, 100 Thieves founder Nadeshot didn’t mute Dr Disrespect while competing in Vikkstar’s Warzone tournament, thereby risking a ban. The same happened with Dallas Empire’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, though neither streamer was banned despite concerns.

According to Rodriguez, the fact that Twitch still has not shared a public reason as to why the Two-Time was banned to begin with gives them no right to ban anyone from playing or engaging with him.

“If I’m Twitch I’m going to take a little bit of a chill pill and say, ‘okay, he’s not there presently, it’s only 99% of his personality that’s being broadcast on a Twitch channel.’ The problem presents itself when you’re looking at the possibility of him saying, ‘yo, I’m going to split any sub that you get 50/50,’” he continued, acknowledging that streamers who play with Doc will see an increase in viewership.

“Bottom line is, until Twitch is willing come out and say the reason why this is happening or the reason why he got banned and the reason why they are choosing to maybe ban people that he plays with, it’s fair-play fair-game,” he added.

It doesn’t seem like Twitch has any plans to reveal why Dr Disrespect was banned any time soon, but it is quite interesting that big streamers have not been suspended themselves for playing with Doc given the site’s own policies.

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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 3:16

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.

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.