YouTube’s biggest creator, Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg, has spoken out about the scandal surrounding popular Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys, after she claimed a YouTube video on the grounds of copyright infringement.
Pokimane came under fire after claiming the video of a smaller YouTuber, which covered a Twitter beef between herself and Drama Alert host Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem from early November in 2018.
Pokimane has since addressed the issue in an interview with YouTuber ‘Fainted,’ where she discussed showing the Instagram page of another YouTuber by the name of ‘Davcev’ on her stream for re-uploading her content to the platform, among other allegations.
PewDiePie has since given his opinion on the interview, after calling out Pokimane’s initial copy strike in a video on January 11. Pewds shot back at Pokimane’s argument that “non-transformative” videos using her content should be removed, claiming that she - and many other popular streamers - do the same with YouTube videos.
“...Why should you take down videos that you deem are ‘non-transformative,’ when you have content yourself that is arguably not transformative at all?” Pewds asked, noting that Pokimane had played one of his videos while taking a bathroom break during a previous stream.
However, PewDiePie did acknowledge that streamers are often live for hours at a time, understanding that not all of their content can be “original” in such a setting.
Pokimane admitted that she does strike re-uploads of her content at times, as well as videos with “gross or misleading titles,” as stated in a video addressing the issue on January 12.