Recently, Twitch users have faced several issues with DMCA copyright claims with music in streamers clips and now Twitch is addressing even more issues that users of the streaming platform are facing. The DMCA is issuing these claims in order to ensure full royalties are paid for music played during streams. Below we’ll talk about how exactly Twitch is addressing all of these issues they’re facing amidst these DMCA issues.
To start, back in June, Twitch’s support account on Twitter stated that they received an unusual amount of takedown requests recently from the DMCA for music in streamers videos from as far back as 2017. Now, users are finding flags on certain sounds such as wind, clock sounds, police sirens and more.
Twitch also stated on Twitter, a few days after the reveal of the DMCA claims, “We will begin the work to extend our use of Audible Magic to identify existing clips that may copyright music and delete them for you without penalty”. They also went on to say that this would cover newer clips as well, over the next few months.
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Then in July, Twitch announced two new updates to the Clips Manager feature on the site, downloading your clips individually and the ability to delete all of your clips with one click. Over time, they intend to add more features to give users more control over their clips.
Finally, in October they referred users to their Creator Boot Camp FAQ page for all information on DMCA restriction, what to do if you get a DMCA flag and how to play permissible music on Twitch. You can check out the entire thread here.
But now it seem users are getting everything from flags to bans on the platform from sound effects and they are now being advised to adhere to the EULA for the specific game they’re playing and utilize the ability to mute the game’s audio and sound effects.
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Although Twitch appears to be doing what they can to help streamers avoid strikes or any damage against their accounts, users are still getting constant, somewhat confusing flags on their accounts from DMCA claims leaving them unsure of what to do. Twitch must adhere to the standards of the DMCA just as much as the streamers themselves but without an easily accessible database at hand or a system to truly detect what can and can’t be used then streamers might just have to wait for a better tool for them to use.
Do you think the lose of audio would turn you away from watching your favorite streamer? Does it take an element from the experience? Let us know how you feel about these DMCA situations in the comments below!
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