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Twitch outlines new plans to address DMCA controversy on platform

Published: 11/Jun/2020 7:21

by Andrew Amos

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Twitch streamers have been hit with mass DMCA strikes in the last week, with many popular content creators close to having their channels taken down. The platform is now responding though, putting a plan in place to help content creators while protecting the rights of record labels.

Starting on June 7, content creators on Twitch were struck with takedown notices through the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) on a scale like no other. Record labels and artists starting issuing warnings to streamers for using their music without the correct permissions.

As the platform was grasping the issue, Twitch took their time coming forward with a statement. Back on June 7, Twitch said they “adhere to the DMCA,” but sympathized with content creators and said they were “working on solutions.”

They then backed up their June 7 statement with a new stance on June 10, as they look to not only please content creators on the platform, but the record labels filing DMCA takedowns.

Twitch will be looking to expand the use of their music tracking software to delete any clips that may contain copyrighted music without penalizing streamers. In the future though, content creators will face penalties for using copyrighted audio.

The streaming platform is also developing a mass-delete function for clips. However, they’ve said that such a function is “a few weeks” away, and asked content creators in the meantime to disable the creation of new clips manually.

They also clarified the rights of record labels, and ultimately, that the platform must abide by the DMCA.

“While deleting or disabling clips can help, if you don’t have the right to music you are at risk of a takedown request from rights holders. It is entirely within the rights holder’s discretion if and when to issue takedown notifications,” the platform said.

“We value the work of songwriters, musicians, and other creative artists. As a company committed to supporting creators, we respect, and ask our users to respect, the intellectual property of those who make music and those who own or control music rights.”

Some content creators like Trainwrecks have reached out to artists directly to ask for music rights. However, under the DMCA, this may not protect streamers, as ultimately the artist might not hold the rights to their songs.

We will keep you updated as more information arises.

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Tommyinnit reveals he used to stream snipe Shroud before he was famous

Published: 20/Jan/2021 11:22 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 11:27

by Calum Patterson

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Tommyinnit might be the most popular streamer on Twitch right now, averaging over 200,000 concurrent viewers for his sporadic Minecraft streams, but it turns out he used to be a massive shroud fanboy. In fact, he was one of shroud’s infamous stream snipers.

Stream sniping is the practice of using a streamer’s broadcast to gain information about the game they are playing – either to get an unfair advantage, or simply to join their game and troll them.

During the height of PUBG’s popularity in 2017, shroud was the biggest streamer on Twitch, and had an army of loyal stream snipers who would try endlessly to get into his matches.

Shroud’s stream snipers weren’t like others though – instead of trying to kill him, they would sing him songs, give him weapons and armor, or try to save his life when under attack.

Tommyinnit stream sniping shroud
Twitch: Shroud
Tommyinnit would get into shroud’s game’s to troll.

Tommyinnit admits shroud stream sniping

Although it’s against the rules of most games and of Twitch itself, Tommyinnit has admitted that when he was 14, back in 2017, he loved both PUBG and shroud, and would spend hours up late trying to get into his games.

And he was successful too – often matching up with him, and trying to save his life from actual enemies attacking him. Shroud eventually became familiar with Tommy’s name, and would say hello to him. In a video on his second channel, Tommyoutit, came clean about all of his stream sniping antics.

In one session, shroud even talked to Tommy about playing Minecraft, the game that he’s so well-known for now.

But, it turns out that Tommyinnit made this video because it wasn’t just years ago in PUBG that he was stream sniping shroud. When he recently saw shroud on a Minecraft server with proximity chat, he had to try it again for old times sake.

Unfortunately, shroud didn’t seem to be enjoying himself at all this time around, and soon after left the server – though not before killing Tommyinnit’s character, twice.

Although stream sniping is technically against the rules on Twitch, we’re sure the platform will let this one slide, as it was all in good fun. The real question is whether shroud has made the connection that one of his old stream snipers is now one of the biggest names on Twitch alongside him.