The Twitch DMCA Ban trend shows no signs of slowing. So, with streamers like Voyboy & SquishyMuffinz getting banned, Twitch finally had something to say.
It was in the form of a long statement issued on their Twitter handle. It was the Amazon owned streaming platform’s first major take on the issue in a long time. However, unfortunately, it did not provide much in the form of respite or good news to streamers & fans alike.
Twitch DMCA Ban: What did Twitch have to say?
In a pretty long statement that consisted of many threads, Twitch stated that they acknowledge the issue. They also said that they are figuring out “different ways to resolve them”. However, as to what these ways are, Twitch did not seem to give us an idea.
Apart from that, they also addressed any misdemeanour on their end. “We’ve fixed the issue and will reach out to affected creators,” they said, referring to the unfortunate streamers who faced ban in spite of deleting their content in time.
Finally, Twitch cleared any rumours of the recent DMCA crackdown being unjustified or blown out of proportion. Contrary to popular opinion, “the small subset of clips… in certain parts of Twitch’s backend systems” are not responsible for this crackdown, they said.
Twitch also provided a platform to streamers who felt that Twitch had wronged them. Streamers can use this to file a “counter notification”.
For those who feel that they have been wrongly targeted by a DMCA notification, whether you own the rights, believe it to fall under fair use, or think the rights holder is mistaken, you can file a counter notification. Guidance for how to do so are here: https://t.co/g6bsbXLq6Y
— Twitch (@Twitch) November 12, 2020
The reaction of the community.
The community was understandably angry. After half a year’s wait and hundreds of undisclosed bans, Twitch hardly provided any concrete solution. We can consider the counter notification platform a step. However, as to how effective it will be, remains to be seen.
Furthermore, Twitch also insisted on streamers using only their deletion tools to ensure successful deletion. Fans saw this as an unnecessary inconvenience.
1st tweet – promised “resolutions”
2nd – cmon guys it was only 20 people that got dmca’d after using our deletion tool
3rd – Everything on twitch can be targeted, silly
4th – Third party bad, twitch good. Let US delete everything for you.
5th – Déjà vu
— 🅿️atty (@PattyTTV) November 12, 2020
The DMCA crackdown on Twitch has been a topic of hot debate recently. Twitch banned Voyboy, a famous League of Legends streamer recently. Popular streamers like xQc & Pokimane also decided to delete their life’s work off Twitch for fear of a surprise ban.