- Twitch faces a new wave of criticism after streamers are hit with a huge number of copyright takedown requests.
- The streaming site says that this is the “first time” that it has received mass DMCA claims on clips.
- Popular Twitch streamers like TimTheTatman seem to be concerned that this could result in them being permanently banned from the site.
The official Twitch Support Twitter account issued a worrying series of tweets on June 8, 2020, when it confirmed that streamers were seeing a huge number of copyright takedown requests on old clips.
“We’ve had a sudden influx of DMCA takedown requests for clips with background music from 2017-19,” said one tweet, which also suggested that streamers remove these clips to avoid being affected. Some will wonder if this will make some streamers move to other streaming platforms.
However, for many streamers who have been on the site for years, deleting clips just isn’t that easy. Popular streamers have thousands of clips as viewers can make them with just a few clicks.
Popular Twitch Streamers Could Be Permabanned Over Copyright Claims
Twitch streamer Fuslie, who has 298K followers on the site, revealed that she had been given two copyright strikes on clips older than a year old. One more strike and she will be permabanned, she revealed. The platform suggested that she delete all of her clips but she has more than 100,000 clips and not all of them are available in the Twitch Creator Dashboard. “How am I supposed to protect myself here?” Fuslie asked.
There are some possible solutions to this. Streamers have asked for a way to delete all of their old clips. Twitch says that it is looking for a way to make managing clips “easier” for streamers but has yet to confirm anything.
Twitch streamer DNP3 also suggested that the site could allow streamers to get more DMCA strikes before being permabanned until this issue has been fixed. There does seem to be support for DNP3’s idea but it’s unclear if this is something that Twitch will do.
Doing Right by Streamers
Another streamer who supported the idea of a delete all button is TimTheTatman, a popular streamer who has been signed to an exclusive Twitch deal reportedly worth millions of dollars. The streamer joked that he needs a delete all button for clips “like now”. When the person you’re paying major cash money on to use your site starts criticizing you, that’s when you know you’ve really dropped the ball.
It’s now been more than a week since the tweets about the copyright takedowns and nothing has been done. While it may be that Twitch is carefully working on a solution to this, (most) others will posit that this is just another case of Twitch doing what it does best.
Despite being around since June 2011, the site has consistently failed to give streamers and viewers the features that they have begged for. Most of these features are pure common sense, but this seems to have evaded Twitch’s higher-ups.