In his latest video about streamers abusing copyright strikes on YouTube videos, PewDiePie used an example of Twitch streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek watching one his videos.
PewDiePie was making the point that although many streamers will strike YouTube channels which use their content, streamers often react to YouTube videos on stream with no repercussions.
Reactionary videos and streams are permitted under fair use, but the system in place on YouTube is often exploited, with PewDiePie giving examples of Twitch streamers like Pokimane, Alinity and others.
After showing a clip of shroud ‘reacting’ to a PewDiePie video, with very muted reactions to showcase just how non transformative Twitch reactions often are, shroud inevitably discovered he had featured in a PewDiePie video.
So, in a bizarre case of shroud reacting to PewDiePie reacting to shroud reacting to PewDiePie, the streamer was overjoyed to see he featured in a video on the most subscribed YouTube channel.
PewDiePie did make clear that he wasn’t trying to ‘call out’ shroud for watching his video on stream – but did call him out for not being subscribed, which shroud quickly rectified.
“I got you” shroud says as he hits subscribe, “I was subscribed on my seven other accounts”. PewDiePie is currently locked in a battle to keep his top spot on YouTube against T-Series, so every little helps.
PewDiePie goes on to explain that it is hypocritical for streamers to file copyright claims, when the majority of content on Twitch is “not original”, claiming that even gameplay and commentary uses the work of someone else (game developers).
You can watch PewDiePie’s full video below.