Poker Twitch Under Fire3 weeks ago
The Twitch streaming platform is once again clamping down over the small print. Many hundreds of streamers have been forced to comply with copyright nitpicking over background music.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has led to countless videos being removed until they are edited to comply with the rules. Many were purged without notice due to the large number of complaints, leading to most poker streamers giving up without a shot being fired and announcing they would delete their entire VoD catalogue.
A statement from Twitch HQ read:
“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.”
A Blast from the Past
Poker content creators on YouTube were hit with a similar issue when there was a high-level discussion over allowing poker links.
This was extremely disruptive for the bigger channels because the back catalogue on YouTube is a nice earner for the producer. Even though both Twitch and YouTube offer both a live and a video experience It is YouTube which focuses on videos and Twitch which is all about live streaming.
On the plus side, now that this has all been done, the producers should never be inconvenienced ever again with the likes of this type of complaint. It might also be a bonus that some streamers with a particularly poor taste in music could quickly grow their channels as viewers who cannot tolerate the horrible racket prefer to watch poker elsewhere.
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