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Streamer says Twitch gave him DMCA strike for a song he didn’t even play

Published: 26/Nov/2019 19:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer Masayoshi called out the platform on Twitter after receiving a DMCA strike for a song he says he didn’t even play.

DMCA strikes are notifications of copyright infringement that are issued when user posts or shares copyrighted content such as music. Twitch users are no strangers to getting these strikes, but typically when the content matches the supposedly copyrighted material.

On November 23, the streamer posted that he “got trolled” by what he believed to be a fake DMCA strike email by Twitch. However, as it turned out, the email was genuine.

“I’ve received a DMCA Strike for a song I didn’t even play,” Masayoshi tweeted and provided a screenshot of the Twitch message.

The Twitch email linked to a clip of Masayoshi attempting to juggle while traditional circus music plays in the background.

According to Twitch, the copyrighted work in question was a song called “Harden” by Lil Uzi Vert, with the copyright claimant being Joseph Wisner from GrayZone, Inc. GrayZone is an anti-piracy company. According to their website, they specialize “in high-tech Internet investigations involving bootleg, counterfeit, and pirated product.”

If the link in the email is accurate, then Masayoshi certainly has a reason to feel upset as he doesn’t listen to the song Twitch accused him of playing on stream.

As for the copyrighted song, according to, it is an unreleased collaboration between Lil Uzi Vert and Wheezy that was teased in 2017. Eventually, the song was leaked online in May of 2019.

It’s unclear why the streamer got a copyright strike for playing circus music, but the situation is undoubtedly bizarre, but hopefully, the situation gets resolved.

Dexerto has reached out to Masayoshi for comment.

Twitter/ItzMasayoshiDoes circus music sound like hip-hop?

The 22-year-old has been doing fairly well for himself on the platform since joining the site in 2013. In that time, he has amassed over 40,000 followers and normally plays League of Legends.

According to TwitchMetrics, his is the 53rd most-watched English League of Legends channel on the platform.


xQc explains why his 7-day Twitch ban was actually a good thing

Published: 25/Nov/2020 23:59

by Michael Gwilliam


Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel finally returned to streaming after receiving a massive seven-day ban for his role in a Fall Guys Twitch Rivals stream sniping controversy. However, according to the French Canadian, the ban was actually good for him.

xQc’s return to Twitch was met with some huge numbers, with over 100,000 viewers packed into his chat.

With such a massive audience, Lengyel explained how, while he expected to be criticized for his actions, he was shocked at how some folks didn’t want him to improve or get better.

“Seeing people not wanting you to move or not wanting you to go past the hurdles, it’s almost like they’re living through you,” he explained. “There’s a lot of them.”

xQc's Twitch viewers upon his return
xQc’s return stream was pulling in huge numbers.

According to the former Overwatch League pro, even after he apologized for his actions, some people were still attacking him for silly reasons.

“‘Oh no, not good enough of an apology, I hope you get perma-banned,’” he paraphrased of his haters. “I hope nobody gets perma-banned and there are people I really dislike in the content creator space, and I wouldn’t want them to get perma-banned.”

His reasoning for this is because he believes people can come back and do better. But he also addressed people claiming that Twitch was using him as an example.

“I don’t think bigger streamers get preferential treatment. And I think that was a good showcase of it,” he added. “I think, out of all the other instances, I think that was a good showcase of me not getting preferential treatment. If anything, I got the full juicer. Seven-day whole thing and I got clapped.”

Twitch has often been accused of giving some larger streamers better treatment than others on the platform, so this was a refreshing revelation from the Laval-born Lengyel.

“Even if, let’s say, I was being used as an example, and they put me out there as an example of doing a bad thing, that’s fine,” he continued. “That’s fine because when we come back, I can also be an example of doing better.”

Hopefully, xQc can make good on this challenge to himself and actually become better, just as suggested.