Out of nowhere, Twitch has started to send emails to their streamers, that it’ll take down all clips, that have violated their copyright policy. Streamers don’t know which specific clips contain copyrighted music, and digging it can take too long.
According to most streamers, who are panicking over deleted clips. Most of the clips are from 2017-2019. According to Twitch “we’ve had a sudden influx of DMCA takedown requests for clips with background music from 2017-19. If you’re unsure about rights to audio in past streams, we advise removing those clips. We know many of you have large archives, and we’re working to make this easier.”
Well, they are making it sound easy but it is not. For example, Fusile is a popular streamer with more than 100,000 clips. According to her, she was issued 2 copyright strikes on her channel. Moreover, if she gets another clip that violates Twitch’s copyright policy, her account will be permabanned.
Fuslie updated her fans yesterday, that she is working hard to remove as many clips as possible. Twitch advised her to delete her entire library to avoid copyright strikes. Fuslie also said, “I Really hope we can figure out a better option for content creators going forward”.
The issue can be clearly seen. Some channels have thousands of clips, and going through all of them can be very frustrating and hard. Further, these clips also hold a value for the streamer, and deleting all your content is not good for the channel. The time is short, and Twitch is not waiting for anyone. They are just suspending accounts left and right.
Usually, Twitch had an audio filter, that would remove the music if it had copyright strike potential. However, with their new notice, they are just removing clips and dropping penalties. Some streamers reported, that their clips which has in-game music is also being taken down, and they are literally confused.
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