If you have been keeping up to date with our reading room, you may be aware that live streaming service, Twitch, was recently hit with numerous Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests. Since then, users and creators have had to manually remove any infringing clips, which is proving itself very time consuming, as many streamers will have to asses hundreds of videos. DMCA is responsible for providing copyright owners with the right to report and emphasise any infringing content. Unlike other similar platforms, Twitch’s experience with such takedown requests appears unusual, as they all seem to flood in at once, rather than a more spread out period of time.
In their official guidelines, Twitch have stated that they remain fully complaint of the DMCA, with a responsibility to respond to any notices of infringement. As well as insisting they are trying to make the process easier for creators, the company have also been honest in that they will completely terminate accounts which prove to be “repeat infringers.” The DMCA role is to essentially protect large platforms, such as YouTube and Twitch from infringement claims, by sending takedown requests, not the user but to the platform themselves. Therefore, the platform is responsible for clearing its name, by instructing the direct infringers to remove the violating content.
So, what can the streamers use? Well, simply holding a Spotify subscription doesn’t grant the user with any rights to stream the music online. In the aim of avoiding a DMCA claim, users should be sure to commission custom songs, for their own exclusive use, or they could simply avoid using any background audio.
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