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Pokimane responds to PewDiePie’s accusations of ‘copystrike’ abuse

Published: 13/Jan/2019 12:48 Updated: 13/Jan/2019 12:51

by Calum Patterson


Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has responded following a series of videos, including one from PewDiePie himself, calling her out for allegedly falsely striking YouTube videos which use her content.

The controversy is around what is becoming known is being dubbed as ‘copystriking’, after fellow streamer Alinity claimed she would ‘copystrike’ PewDiePie simply because he used the term ‘thot’.


YouTube’s copyright claim system allows users to claim almost any video, and should their claim be illegitimate, only the claimant themselves can decide to release the it, with YouTube almost never intervening in matters of copyright disputes.

The perceived increase in the number of videos being falsely claimed prompted PewDiePie, the most subscribed channel on the platform with over 80 million subs, to make a video entitled ‘STOP DOING THIS’.


In the video, he calls out Pokimane by name, after the streamer ‘striked’ a video which was a reupload of a Twitter argument between herself and Drama Alert host KEEMSTAR. PewDiePie sympathized with Pokimane to an extent, as the video had received a high view count and was bringing more exposure to a small issue.

As Pokimane states in her response: “The reupload of the Twitter beef, wasn’t transformative content, so I was able to get it taken down through my MCN. But, PewDie was in the right – trying to hide all that drama, only ended up bringing more attention to it.”

Pokimane also responds to a second video from YouTuber ‘Fainted’, titled “The Dark Side of Pokimane”, in which Fainted points to when she had said on stream that she planned to take down videos from a Twitch clip compilation channel, because they included her.


“In those specific scenarios I will take down videos – when it’s a straight reupload of my stream, and when it’s like a gross and misleading title,” Pokimane explained. “That was an entirely different situation, where I was well within my right to take down his content, but I shouldn’t have had that conversation on stream.”

The response to Pokimane’s apology and explanation has been generally positive and understanding, however some feel that she dodged certain accusations, including reacting to others’ content herself while live streaming on Twitch, essentially using other creators’ content.


Josh Richards slams influencers who use the Sway House for clout points

Published: 13/Oct/2020 19:28

by Virginia Glaze


Josh Richards is one of TikTok’s most popular content creators and an integral part of the Sway House — a group that he’s not too pleased is being used for clout by other influencers looking to get a leg up in the industry.

Josh Richards, who boasts over 22 million followers on TikTok (in no small part due to showing off his abs in every other video), feels that some creators are taking advantage of the Sway House’s kindness to grow their own platforms and split.


Richards spoke on the situation during an episode of Barstool Sports’ ‘BFFs’ podcast on October 13, claiming that he had at first wanted to help other creators get started by giving them a boost.

“I knew how to pump out a million videos back to back,” he explained. “And I’d do five a day. And then I would see these other kids who were starting to blow up, and I was like, ‘Okay, if I give them a little bit of direction, they could be huge.’”


However, co-host Dave Portnoy noted that sometimes these kinds of relationships can go south — a sentiment that Richards agreed with, sharing his own experiences with stars just trying to use the Sway House.

“There’s so many people that come to us, and they’ll start filming at our house,” he continued. “I think we’ve gotten better at not letting this happen, but they would just use us for videos. They would sleep over, they would always be like, ‘Get in our videos!’”


“The thing that sucks about that is that you don’t really know who’s out to get you anymore and then who’s just really trying to be there, be your homie and just vibe with you,” he added. “That really sucks.”

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Richards isn’t the first internet star to make such claims, by far; YouTuber Jake Paul has also infamously accused other creators of using Team 10 to blow up and subsequently “act like they don’t know nobody,” leading to quite a bit of drama in his own realm.

While Richards’ statement has yet to be called out by other TikTokers, it’s not hard to believe that someone would try to piggyback off of someone else’s success in the age of social media fame.