Earlier this year a number of high profile poker YouTubers had their videos removed, and eventually reinstated. It led to eventual clarity on what poker streamers could do on the platform and it was announced that poker links would be allowed. Now it seems the Twitch poker streamers are having their channels disrupted.
This week hundreds of Twitch streamers were issued with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices for playing copyrighted music in the background of their streams.
In a lot of instances old content was removed without an option to counter the claim, because Twitch had been inundated with so many notices:
the Twitch DMCA bloodbath has begun, as hundreds of partnered streamers have received emails from Twitch as DMCA takedown notifications pic.twitter.com/zoIoI7Q7Xp
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) October 20, 2020
As a result this has led a lot of streamers to take it upon themselves to remove all their archived video on demand and Twitch clips. In particular it seems poker players are doing this, as poker is a game with no in-house music like a video game might have, so the streamers play their own. Streamers now have an option to mass delete their entire video on demand back catalogue in one fell swoop.
Shit going down with @Twitch and copyrighted music / DMCA strikes.
Not streaming Friday. I have to figure out a way to handle the music situation. Probably end up not broadcasting music because I’d rather stab my ears than listen to non-copyright shit.
See you Sunday 3 pm CET
— Lex Veldhuis (@LexVeldhuis) October 21, 2020
Got to delete all my twitch vods in the morning. Big bummer. Dmca sucks
— Jaime Staples (@jaimestaples) October 23, 2020
Just had to delete over 3 years of VODs from my Twitch channel. Bit sad innit.
— Spraggy (@spraggy) October 22, 2020
Twitch, who recently launched a service for streamers to use rights cleared music, issued a statement on the takedowns:
We are incredibly proud of the essential service Twitch has become for so many artists and songwriters, especially during this challenging time. It is crucial that we protect the rights of songwriters, artists and other music industry partners. We continue to develop tools and resources to further educate our creators and empower them with more control over their content while partnering with industry-recognized vendors in the copyright space to help us achieve these goals.
Just like that, the back catalogues and ‘best of’ clips for a lot of very popular poker streamers have gone. It is perhaps less damaging than if this had happened on YouTube where archive footage continues to get a lot of views, as Twitch really is more about the live interactive experience, but it is still a huge loss to those who make a living on the site.
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