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xQc banned on Twitch for third time after showing “explicit content”

Published: 12/Jun/2020 7:45

by Andrew Amos


One of Twitch’s biggest streamers, Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, has felt the wrath of the platform’s banhammer for the third time. This time, it was an explicit content charge that undid the French-Canadian star.

The Overwatch-pro-turned-streaming-phenom is consistently at the top of Twitch. However, xQc is known for toeing the line with Twitch rules and community guidelines when creating his incredibly popular streams.

He once again crossed that line on June 11, forcing Twitch’s hand to take down his channel once again.

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xQc has been banned on Twitch for the third time.

Why was xQc banned on Twitch?

The streamer had his channel taken down late on June 11 for apparently showing “a gorilla supposedly f***ing another for about a second by accident,” he said on Twitter.

“Banned for 24 hours. A little confused, considering the nature of the video, length, and in reality, if it’s an actual concern or if there’s actually any damage done. No one thought anything of it, it was even in a meme format.”

Twitch’s Community Guidelines state that “explicit content or activities” are banned on the platform. This is likely what got xQc banned, but the streamer didn’t clarify the specific reason his channel was taken down.

xQc not taken down by DMCA

Popular community consensus was that the former Overwatch pro was issued a DMCA takedown.

However, fellow Twitch streamer ‘Adept’ clarified xQc wasn’t banned over a DMCA takedown at the end of her stream. She didn’t specify what it was for though until the streamer tweeted about it.

“We don’t wanna get DMCA’d, which, by the way, is not why xQc got banned, but keep talking like you know what’s going on,” she said at the end of her stream.

It comes after a week where many Twitch streamers were struck with mass DMCA takedown requests from record labels. The platform said the June 7 affair was “the first time [it has] received mass DMCA claims against clips.”

Since then, the streaming community has been cautious about using copyrighted material on their broadcasts. Twitch has also been putting new policies in place to help protect streamers and rights holders alike.

xQc’s account will be unbanned late on June 12, so it’s likely we won’t see the former Overwatch star hit the airwaves until June 13.


PewDiePie hits out at company over KSI Meme Review copyright claim

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:25

by Brent Koepp


Popular YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg was stunned after a company copyright claimed his Meme Review with JJ ‘KSI’ Olatunji. The Swede lost all the revenue for the upload due to their awful performance of “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. 

On November 22, PewDiePie teamed up with fellow YouTube star KSI for an epic Meme Review. The duo tackled everything from British culture to Olatunji’s boxing match with Logan Paul.

Kjellberg later revealed on Instagram that the popular video had been copyright claimed by a company. The personality called the move “bulls**t” after the corporation took all the revenue over their Titanic joke.

Screenshot of YouTubers PewDiePie and KSI playing instruments.
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The YouTubers’ awful performance of My Heart Will Go On got the video claimed for copyright.

PewDiePie & KSI’s Meme Review copyright claimed

PewDiePie’s Meme Review with KSI was a major hit on the platform, pulling in over 7.3 million views in just a few days. Fans of both YouTube creators were treated to a hilarious collaboration. However, the duo’s “attempt” to perform My Heart Will Go On on a flute and alpine horn caused the video to get claimed.

Kjellberg revealed the issue on his Instagram story on November 25. “So I got a claim on my KSI video. At the end, we played My Heart Will Go On,” he said, before playing a clip of their awful performance to demonstrate how absurd the claim was. “It’s too similar!” he joked.

It turns out the YouTuber had appealed the claim, but was denied. “So I appealed it, because its bulls**t why, and they rejected it! This is actually infringing on copyright according to this company!” he exclaimed, before breaking into laughter.

The 31-year-old explained that the company was now going to get 100% of the money made off the popular upload. “So all the revenue now goes to this company for the entire video. Like, what? Yeah, I just thought it was bulls**t, I don’t even know.”

The whole scenario is made all the more ridiculous when you consider that the Titanic joke was only a few seconds in a 26 minute upload. The fact that the company now gets to own the entire video is a good example how YouTube’s content ID system can sometimes be flawed.