Twitch apologises for recent music and DMCA-related bans

The platform is currently working on new tools to help creators work around the issue

Twitch has apologised to its creators and users for the recent wave of DMCA-related bans and content removal.

The platform addressed its handling of the issues through a lengthy blogpost, where it called the frustration over the takedowns as “completely justified”. It continued: “Things can – and should – be better for creators than they have been recently, and this post outlines our next steps to get there. Moving forward, we’ll be more transparent with what’s happening and what tools and resources we’re building to help.”

Twitch noted that it was a “mistake” on their part for “not building adequate tools to allow creators to manage their own VOD and Clip libraries. You’re rightly upset that the only option we provided was a mass deletion tool for Clips, and that we gave you three-days notice to use this tool.”

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It added that it should have been more prepared, with the development of tools that would allow users to cut offending material from clips instead of removing the entire video, as well as giving more longer time to users to address any issues. While the company works on the tools, it expects “to receive large batches of notifications” of violations in the coming weeks, and have listed two short-term ways for creators to avoid strikes.

These include streamers and creators avoiding the use of recorded music in their streams – including in-game soundtracks – and the deleting of any archived VODs and clips that may have music in them.

Streamers have since reached out to Twitch Support on Twitter, asking for clarification on certain instances, such as “a recorded song just pops up out of nowhere at the end of the game”. The platform recommends users to review the end-user license agreement (EULA) terms of games. Alternatively, players can also mute their audio on streams or enable “streamer mode” whenever available.

The DMCA-related bans first came to light in October, when a number of popular streamers on the platform had their content deleted, or were banned entirely. All strikes were DMCA-related, which involve the unauthorised use of copyright music.

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Earlier this week, a major Fortnite and Minecraft streamer, FaZe Clan’s John “Cizzorz” Cizek, was banned from Twitch with no apparent warning, causing an uproar from streamers and viewers alike on social media.

Twitch has created an FAQ page related to all DMCA-related concerns in the meantime and has launched a “Copyright and Your Channel” Creator Camp page and posted a video that covers a number of frequently asked copyright questions.

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