Philip De Franco Investigates Alinity and PewDiePie Copyright Scandal Calling it "A disgusting move" - Dexerto
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Philip De Franco Investigates Alinity and PewDiePie Copyright Scandal Calling it “A disgusting move”

Published: 17/May/2018 15:31 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 15:03

by Calum Patterson

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Creator of YouTube news channel Philip De Franco has completed his own investigation into the recent copyright scandal involving Twitch streamer Alinity and YouTuber PewDiePie, concluding that he is “incredibly concerned.”

If unaware, recently popular Twitch streamer Alinity said while broadcasting that she was going to “copy strike” a PewDiePie video, after he included a clip from her stream and called her a “thot”.

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The clip quickly sparked controversy, as PewDiePie’s video was clearly fair use, and Alinity explained that she frequently made copyright claims against YouTube videos about her because “I get money out of that”.

Essentially, Alinity, through an agency called CollabDRM, was making copyright claims on any video which included content from her stream, in order to receive the revenue from that video.

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This was proven when a small channel called “L of The Day” was hit with a copyright claim on a video where the creator simply gave commentary about the situation, and clearly was fair use.

Hearing of the situation, De Franco said he was “incredibly concerned”, and has gone on to do his own investigation, as a prominent figure in the YouTube world.

“Copyright claiming is an important tool, but we need to make sure that it is not abused.

If someone takes a clip from a Ninja Twitch stream, or a chunk from the H3 podcast, and just uploads it. It’s not news, it’s not commentary, it is not transformative. […] The creators of those videos should get paid.

But when copyright claims become a weapon – when a person or a company go: ‘I don’t like what you’re saying, I’m going to take money out of your pocket’ – that’s a huge fucking problem.

In my eyes, it is a blanket attack on speech and fair use. It’s a disgusting move.”

De Franco also shows a screenshot of correspondence he had with PewDiePie, confirming that Alinity did indeed make a claim against his video as she threatened.

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He also reached out to someone at CollabDRM, who claimed that they only aim to “protect the rights” of content creators, and that their job is to “place claims if our client’s  videos are used without a license on YouTube.”

You can watch De Franco’s full video on the situation below, where he gives details of his investigation and his causes for concern.

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Is viral TikTok star Bella Poarch joining 100 Thieves?

Published: 8/Oct/2020 14:45

by Jacob Hale

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Some fans believe that TikTok star Bella Poarch may soon be joining 100 Thieves thanks to some videos she has posted — but is it actually happening?

Bella Poarch is somewhat new to the light of TikTok fame, having created the most liked video on the platform in September, reaching over 30 million likes (and counting) bopping her head to Millie B’s ‘M to the B’.

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The simplicity of the video, and satisfaction of the perfect timing, clearly made it a hit among fans and has likely helped Bella push to achieve more success in the online world: more, perhaps, than she would have imagined such a simple video could.

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Instagram: bella.poarch
Poarch became a viral sensation in September, and it looks like it could pay off big time.

Now, just a few weeks after taking the crown, Poarch is being linked with esports and online entertainment organization 100 Thieves, thanks to several videos posted on TikTok.

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On October 3, Bella was spotted livestreaming on TikTok from 100 Thieves’ Cash App Compound in Los Angeles, which first raised many questions from fans of both Bella and 100T.

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Bella was streaming from the 100 Thieves Cash App Compound.

Then, on October 4, Poarch posted a video to TikTok wearing the cream 100 Thieves hoodie, which prompted even more rumors to start circulating, especially as she has shared her enjoyment of gaming on her various social media platforms over time.

The rumors started to pick up steam, and even Esports Talk’s Jake Lucky suggested that he thinks a signing would “make sense.”

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Obviously, with 100T’s signing of Neekolul in July, the team isn’t content with just picking up the biggest names in gaming, they’re looking to gain notoriety in all corners of viral content, and Poarch would fit the bill perfectly in that regard.

Although there’s no real evidence to support this as of yet, it’s not outside the realms of possibility, so keep your eyes peeled.