Twitch streamers threatened with permanent bans over copyrighted music - Dexerto

Twitch streamers threatened with permanent bans over copyrighted music

Published: 8/Jun/2020 6:00 Updated: 8/Jun/2020 6:06

by Brent Koepp


UPDATE June 7 10:00PM PST: The official Twitch Support Twitter account has expanded on the latest copyright infringement drama. While they assured that the streaming platform’s “guidelines for music have not changed,” they drew attention to clips from 2017-2019 in particular.

“This week, we’ve had a sudden influx of DMCA takedown requests. This is the first time we have received mass DMCA claims against clips,” they explained. Twitch employees are currently working on new ways for creators to control their clips and avoid any future issues. For the time being, however, they advised all streamers to “remove clips” if they’re unsure about potential copyright infringement.

Original story below…

On June 7, a wave of popular Twitch streamers including Fuslie and Jakenbake were stunned to find out their channels received music copyright strikes on videos – with some being over a year old.

A handful of Twitch’s top streamers received warnings as the platform appeared to be hit with sweeping DMCA claims across the board. Curiously, many of the alleged infractions happened over a year ago.

Distraught, many personalities took to social media to reveal that the strikes against them were for music they played during past broadcasts.

Twitch streamers hit with DMCA strikes

On June 7, popular streamer Fuslie made a string of posts on Twitter where she revealed her Twitch channel was being threatened with a permanent ban. The personality explained she felt “helpless” and would do anything to resolve the issue.

“I’ve been issued 2 copyright strikes on my channel (both from clips over a year old) in the past week and told that if they find one more violation in my clips, my twitch account will be permabanned,” she tweeted.

The streamer said she had been in contact with Twitch, and claimed they suggested her best option would be delete all of  her clips. “Have talked with multiple Twitch staff all telling me my best option is to delete all of my clips ever. I feel so helpless right now. I’ve built this channel up for 5 years and to potentially lose it all so fast to something like this would be devastating,” she continued.

Twitter: @Fuslie
The popular Twitch streamer was distraught over the warnings.

Her story echoed that of other streamers, such as IRL broadcaster ‘JakeNBake’ who revealed he had been given a similar warning. He also expressed the difficulty of having to go through all past clips and remove them. “I can’t go through 1000,000 clips and delete anything that has some music in it. Scary,” he said.

During his June 7 broadcast, Twitch personality ‘Masayoshi’ revealed that he had been warned for playing a music track by Lil Uzi Vert. Though, in the clip, he is listening to circus music while juggling items.

“I thought it was a prank, so I emailed Twitch and they said “No, that is our DMCA team.” So I got suspended for a day, and I now have a strike on my account for doing this,” he said.

Based off numerous tweets from streamers, it appears the most popular music tracks that are being flagged are Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings and 50 Cent’s In Da Club. While most of the clips being struck are from 2019, some go as far back as 2017.

It should be pointed out that Twitch has no choice but to react to DMCA takedowns from outside companies. However, some personalities have been critical of the platform for not doing a better job explaining what they can do to fix the situation. There has also been confusion as to why the offending sections can’t just be muted.

Ultimately, it’s the music companies that have decided to flag content from older broadcasts. Why they are choosing to go after this content now is anyone’s guess. The abrupt wave of warnings going out is a scary reminder of how careful streamers have to be when playing copyright material while going live, as even past content can now land them in hot water. Twitch has yet to address the situation at the time of writing, but Dexerto has reached out for comment.


Myth justifies surprising decision to unfollow everyone on social media

Published: 3/Dec/2020 7:58

by Brad Norton


Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani is taking a new approach on social media, as the popular TSM content creator has revealed why he felt it was time to “experiment” by unfollowing everyone on all of his accounts.

Myth is one of the most popular content creators on the internet. The 21-year-old boasts over seven million followers on both Twitch and Instagram, with another four million subscribers on YouTube as well. He’s grown a massive community with his energetic vibes and impressive gameplay, but Myth just made a drastic change.

Across all social media accounts, the content creator has now wiped the slate clean. He no longer follows any streamer pals, no business contacts, or anyone in between. Myth follows a grand total of zero accounts across all of his platforms.

Why make such a sudden change? Myth explained it all in a series of tweets on December 2. In a difficult year as it is, he felt it was the right time to “experiment with having zero people followed across [his] social media sites.”

One of the main factors behind this decision was to stop himself from “comparing” to others. It can be easy to see idyllic Instagram posts, for instance, and feel a little down in the dumps by comparison. Everyone can empathize with that experience these days. So in order to block it out, his social media is now wiped clean.

The current global crisis certainly didn’t help either. “I’ve had some of the loneliest moments of my life,” he explained. “Social media doesn’t make that feeling any better, at least with the way I currently use it. It just ends up making me feel like other people got it better”

Obviously, most social media personalities are often sharing the highlights in their lives. Rarely do we see our favorite content creators truly breaking down that barrier and sharing everything. Most of the time, we only see what they want us to see. Myth is well aware of this and understands “that’s not the full reality of things.”

Despite this, it’s still a “really draining mindset to have,” he explained. “I wanna eradicate it.” In light of his transparency, countless others reached out to commend his decision. 

“You’re an amazing streamer,” Dakotaz followed up. “Do whatever you gotta do.”

While Myth has unfollowed everyone, he wanted to stress that he’ll still be active and interacting with his fanbase. “I can still see and appreciate comments and messages,” he added.

Don’t expect Myth to keep his accounts this clean forever though. It may be a solid reprieve during this chaotic year, but even he joked that in “six months [he’ll] definitely be back” to his usual ways.