Twitch streamer explains why he trademarked the word “malding” - Dexerto
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Twitch streamer explains why he trademarked the word “malding”

Published: 12/Dec/2019 5:01

by Andrew Amos

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VRChat streamer Joey ‘Nagzz21’ Bagels has filed a trademark application in the United States for the word “malding” as a joke, leaving people confused as to why.

The word “malding” has found a place in the internet’s vocalbulary, mashing together the words “mad” and “bald” to describe someone who is particularly angry. 

The word rose to prominence after Sebastian ‘Forsen’ Fors’ Twitch chat used it constantly to describe the streamer, before it caught on in other circles’ lexicon.

However, one Twitch streamer has tried to lay claim to the word, going as far to trademark it in America to keep an ongoing joke running.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe “malding” meme started in Forsen’s Twitch chat.

Nagzz21 submitted a trademark application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the word Malding on December 4 as a “service for entertainment services, namely, providing online video games.”

He also bought the domain malding.com for a cool $3,300, using the website to host a short video directed at fellow VRChat streamer Rob ‘Roflgator’ Malecki.

“I consulted with a lawyer, and I got the word “malding” trademarked, Malding™,” he said. “It’s trademarked by Nagzz21 LLC, that’s my business, so when you are using malding on your streams and stuff with your chat, that’s trademark infringement, and that’s bad.”

Nagzz then broke into some free-style rap, dissing Roflgator for photoshopping Nagzz’s face onto the heads of people “malding.”

“You’re the big headed guy with the receding hairline,” he pumped out. “The courts will give me your channel, I’ll call it Nagzz22.”

The website wasn’t kept under wraps for long, with Roflgator being prompted by his chat to give the wonderful domain a visit. The VRChat streamer was shocked, laughing at Nagzz’s claim to the popular term.

“Shut up,” he said, holding back laughter. “What the f**k, he paid $3,000 for this domain?” He was also entertained by the diss track, laughing as Nagzz fired off bar after bar of insults.

While some people thought that trademarking the word and creating a website to do so was a bit over the top, Nagzz explained that it was all an inside joke.

“This was an inside joke between two friends and communities,” he said. “I don’t intend to stop anyone from using malding. This was all in good fun between two friends and blew up on Reddit.”

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JakeNBake hit with DMCA strike for Kanye song in two-year-old Twitch clip

Published: 30/Oct/2020 2:19

by Isaac McIntyre

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Twitch star Jake “JakeNBake” Abramson has revealed he could be “in danger of losing everything” he’s built on his channel after an old IRL clip from more than two years ago was hit with a DMCA copyright strike due to a Kanye West song.

The ongoing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) drama sweeping across Twitch has spared no one from its reach. The new Twitch crackdown, which sees streamers pinged for licensed music on broadcasts, is the hot topic in the community right now.

One by one, Twitch’s biggest stars have been sucked into the DMCA drama; Imane “Pokimane” Anys was forced to delete her streaming back-catalog last week, and Michael “shroud” Grzesiek has called for stars to “unite” against the crackdown.

DragonForce’s Herman Li was also banned after DMCA flagged his own music.

JakeNBake is the latest Twitch streamer to be caught up in the DMCA drama.
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JakeNBake has become the latest Twitch streamer caught up in the DMCA drama.

Now, the latest star to find himself on the DMCA frontlines is JakeNBake. The 30-year-old IRL star is one of the Amazon-owned platform’s biggest stars. He boasts nearly 500k followers, but that may now be in danger.

JakeNBake revealed on Oct. 29 that he had been hit with a copyright infringement from Twitch. The kicker? The clip in question was from a May 9 stream all the way back in 2018, which contained just mere seconds of Kanye West’s ‘Lift Yourself.’

JakeNBake gets DMCA strike for old Twitch clip

“Just to be clear… this is a 30-second clip from two and a half years ago,” Abramson wrote on Twitter soon after receiving the DMCA email.

The Twitch email detailed a “claimed infringement” on JakeNBake’s old 2018 broadcast, where moments of the Kanye West song can be heard. The email warned Abramson could have his channel “terminated” if another offense is uncovered.

“It was from an outdoor IRL stream. I probably passed by a shop, or was in a place that was playing the song in the background… I’m now in danger of losing everything,” the Twitch star continued. “How is this even realistic?”

Abramson, who admitted on-stream soon after that Twitch is “80% of his life,” is now rushing to clear his entire video back-catalog in an effort to avoid that next promised DMCA strike.

JakeNBake also plans to counter-claim, but admitted he was “scared.”

“My fear is if I counter-claim this, and some computer in China turns around at me and just goes ‘f*ck you, f*ck you, f*ck you,’ and starts pinging me for everything I’ve ever done! Maybe I should just delete everything so that can’t get me.”

He added later, “It’s kind of nuts how this is just controlling my life now. This was two and a half years ago! I don’t really know what to do except delete everything, which just sucks. There’s nothing else I can really do.”

The DMCA drama, unfortunately, looks set to continue into the foreseeable future on Twitch, with the platform sticking to their guns on the copyright stance.

We can layout the big names hit by the wave so far ⁠— Courage, BrookeAB, Scump, Ninja, Sonii, Mongraal, Lirik… the list goes on ⁠— and there’ll likely be more caught in the crackdown soon. Twitch has yet to comment on the most recent strikes.