In 2020, the eye of the Soron-like music industry caught its eye on Twitch and unleashed a ray of DMCA takedown notices on its users, infecting thousands of archived streams containing copyrighted music. Twitch was caught by surprise, and was unable to offer good ways for live stream users to review rights claims, manage old clips, or issue counterclaims. The result was a flurry of mysterious warning emails, mass video-on-demand removals, and banner panic.
Twitch I apologize for the mess He said it would offer new tools for live creators to make it easier to manage legacy streams and avoid copyright issues. Some of these tools arrived today. Here’s what Twitch just added:
- On top of their email delivery, DMCA notifications now appear in my Twitch channel inbox.
- The Video Producer page now includes a count of channel copyright infringements.
- Videos on demand can now be deleted or unpublished in batches of up to 20 size.
- The channel’s VOD library can now be completely deleted or unpublished with one click.
- VODs can now be viewed on the Video Producer page, even if they have not been published.
Twitch plans to offer more copyright-related features throughout the year, and has published a Roadmap and FAQs on DMCA claims. Upcoming features include multi-track audio support in Twitch Studio, a way to review tagged VODs from within the Creator dashboard, a method for sorting and deleting Clips by game, date, or view count and the ability to send counter notifications from the dashboard. (Currently, Counter notifications should be sent to Twitch in an email It complies with a set of legal guidelines.)
The full feature set will be completed by the end of the year except for any delay, and it looks like a huge improvement over what was available to Twitch users last year, when many had to manually search for old VODs for the violation or delete them all.
What Twitch cannot do, unfortunately, is anything to do with the DMCA itself. Like other online platforms – copyright enforcement has also been a big problem for YouTube – Twitch must react when someone calls DMCA to claim that their copyright has been infringed. If the notification is false or fraudulent, users can send out counter notifications, but Twitch ultimately doesn’t have the power to determine who is right – that’s a problem for US courts.
Aside from the featured roadmap, Twitch’s DMCA info page It also includes frequently asked questions that explain these aspects of US copyright law to users (Twitch adheres to similar laws in other regions, but the DMCA is the thing that everyone is pointing to, because it’s what the biggest music and movie companies call). New and upcoming tools were badly needed, but in the end, “Don’t play music that you are not allowed to play” is the best advice for those who want to avoid deleting the on-demand video or ban their Twitch accounts due to repeated violations. (Even so, the music in games or trailers can pose problems, so it’s hard to completely isolate it from DMCA scams. The truth is that the same games that are broadcast to people are subject to these laws as well – the only difference is) That game publishers post DMCA notices on gameplay screenshots, a fact that makes Twitch’s existence possible.)
As one solution to the music problem, Twitch also offers Audio recording, A service that provides royalty-free music for broadcast creators to use as background tracks. Here’s what nearly all copyright infringements are about: It’s fairly common for broadcasters to put broadcasters on a Spotify playlist or something like that while chatting with viewers, and last year, Twitch said over 99 percent of millennium bill notices The new digital copyright material relates to that. Type of behavior.