Twitch Warns Creators After Receiving 1,000 DMCA Claims From Record Companies

The Twitch copyright issue will not go away. In an email shared by Rod Breslau, e-sport consultant, the company warns that it recently received a batch of around 1,000 individual DMCA takedowns. All of the claims are for archived broadcasts, with most featuring streamers listening to music in the background while playing a game or talking to their viewers. In the same post, Twitch says it believes publishers used automated tools to generate the requests, suggesting more are on the way.

“We recently received a batch of DMCA takedown notifications with around 1,000 individual music publisher requests,” a Twitch spokesperson told Engadget, echoing the email the company sent. “All of the complaints are about VOD, and the vast majority of complaints are against streamers listening to background music while playing video games or streaming IRL. We want to make sure our creative community is aware that the only way to protect themselves from DMCA notifications is that they do not stream music or other copyrighted material. ”

DMCA teardowns have been a constant headache for the Twitch community. It all started last summer when the company said it saw a “sudden influx” of takedown notifications. As with that last episode, most of these clips involved clips that had been on the website for several years. Twitch first tried to solve the problem by increasing the amount of free songs it offers to streamers. He then published a blog post explicitly urging them not to use copyrighted music. As each review represents a potential attack on an account, another wave of bans could loom on the horizon.

Update 4:39 p.m. ET: Added a comment from Twitch.

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