The second wave of Twitch DMCA takedowns is in full force, and the ban hammer almost crashed down on unsuspecting partnered streamers Clix and SquishyMuffinz.
The last couple of weeks have been difficult for Twitch streamers. They’ve been getting rocked with DMCA takedown notifications, forcing them to delete clips and VODs from their channel that contain copyrighted music.
It has affected everyone, regardless of their popularity and prominence. JakeNBake, LIRIK, and Pokimane are notable examples. However, it’s also led to actual bans with little to no explanation. This even happened to Dragonforce’s Herman Li.
The situation even sparked a reaction from Shroud, who believes streamers should have taken a “united front” on the issue. In his view, this would have helped overturn the rules, but now he thinks it’s too little too late.
The second wave of takedowns is out in full force, and it’s crashed down on two popular streamers: Cody “Clix” Conrod and Mariano “SquishyMuffinz” Arruda.
Clix is a professional Fortnite player currently signed with NRG Esports. He also has around 2.1 million followers on Twitch and is an official partner of the platform. Still, that wasn’t enough to make him immune to a DMCA strike.
“2nd dmca strike, one more and i’m banned forever, he said. “I did everything they told me to legit all my vods and clips”
A similar thing happened to SquishyMuffinz, a professional Rocket League player with more than 600 thousand followers on Twitch. However, he copped a full ban right out of the gate.
Fortunately, the ban was overturned. However, he’s been forced to delete every single VOD and Clip, which means he won’t be able to stream today.
“Deleting all my VODS Clips ETC, not taking anymore chances in the future,” he said. “Thank you to the community for all the support. I’ll try to stream tomorrow, gonna deal with the VODS and clips for today.”
Deleting all my VODS Clips ETC, not taking anymore chances in the future, thank you to the community for all the support I’ll try to stream tomorrow, gonna deal with the VODS and clips for today. https://t.co/LQnDTiBUgP
Twitch has been ruthless in their DMCA crackdown. However, in the end, it seems like streamers would rather lose years worth of content than cop a ban.
The consensus is that it’s not a fair ultimatum, but what else can they do? They don’t have a choice but to cave in and adhere to Twitch’s demands if they want to use their platform.
It’s possible things will change in the future, especially if streamers are able to ‘unionize’. But until that happens, the makeshift solution is to delete all their clips and carry on.
Tyler 1 said he wants to follow in Pokimane’s footsteps and implement a five-dollar cap donation on his channel, but only because he can’t be bothered acting fake and pretending to be excited whenever someone makes a big donation.
Iman ‘Pokimane’ Anys placed a five-dollar donation cap on her channel, saying that although she’s grateful for the support, she’s reached a point now where anything more than five dollars is unnecessary.
It’s become a hot topic among other streamers. Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel acknowledged it was a good thing, but expressed his concern that viewers might criticize other streamers for not doing the same.
However, that won’t be an issue for Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp. It seems like he’s totally on board with the idea, but for a different and somewhat hilarious reason.
Tyler1 started sharing his thoughts on the matter after receiving a generous one hundred dollar donation. “Thank you for that hundred dollars,” he said, in a casual tone. It’s clear he was grateful, but he wasn’t willing to get too over-excited.
“Dude, I seen that uh, Poki did the five-dollar bullsh*t,” he said, moments later. “You can only [donate] max five dollars. I need to do that, honestly.” However, his reasoning is different and somewhat typical of his character.
“I mean, people send a hundred dollars, and I feel like an asshole if I’m not like, oh my god, whoah, that’s crazy. People are too stupid not to do that.”
Tyler1 might not have intended to call the donator an idiot, but some people believe he certainly implied it.
“Imagine being the dude who dropped $100 in this clip, and immediately being told by the person that you donated to that you’re an idiot,” wrote one user in a Reddit thread.
It’s to be expected, though. Tyler1 has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words. Instead, he tells it like it is, no matter how harsh it seems.
The reality is, he is also one of the most popular streamers in the world, and this is his way of telling his fans and viewers to chill out on the donations.
Twitch, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Shroud, SquishyMuffinz, Fortnite
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