The popular live video live streaming service – Twitch is reportedly experiencing hectic music copyright infringement problems.
According to afrotech.com, the streaming platform recently informed its users that it has gone forth and deleted all content violating music copyright laws after receiving “a sudden influx of DMCA takedown requests” back in June.
It is INSANE that @Twitch informs partners they deleted their content – and that there is more content in violation despite having NO identification system to find out what it is. Their solution to DMCA is for creators to delete their life's work. This is pure, gross negligence. pic.twitter.com/mhdXU5lEc5
— Devin (@DevinNash) October 20, 2020
📢 This week, we've had a sudden influx of DMCA takedown requests for clips with background music from 2017-19. If you’re unsure about rights to audio in past streams, we advise removing those clips. We know many of you have large archives, and we're working to make this easier.
— Twitch Support (@TwitchSupport) June 8, 2020
Twitch went from <1 DMCA notice per week to thousands in May. They sat on them for 5 months before releasing en masse, giving creators 3 days to scan, archive, and delete up to 9 years of streams with no way to identify infringing content. Then took 3 weeks to write a blog post: https://t.co/XtkxSD4r0D
— Justin Wong (@JustinWong) November 11, 2020
Copyright infringement issues have been a nightmare to social media platform developers since the Covid19 pandemic.