It has been revealed that Twitch has started deleting content that contains DMCA issued material. The news was broken to partners in an email that has since been shared widely on social media with many online criticising and condemning Twitch for this move.
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
In the email, it states:
We are writing to inform you that your channel was subject to one or more of these DMCA takedown notifications, and that the content identified has been deleted. We recognise that by deleting this content, we are not giving you the option to file a counter-notification or seek a retraction from the rights holder. In consideration of this, we have processed these notifications and are issuing you a one-time warning to give you the chance to learn about copyright law and the tools available to manage the content on your channel.
News of this change has enraged users of the site, with many worried that this will result in a ‘bloodbath’ with users getting all their content wiped from the platform entirely.
The email states that users, even if they feel it was issued incorrectly or it falls under Free Use, cannot do anything about it if they issued a DMCA. As such, as soon as a user is issued with the notice, the video will be deleted. Seemingly regardless of if a deal can be done with the original copywrite holder or without the user issuing an appeal directly to Twitch itself. This is a contrast to Youtube’s own system which can allow users to appeal copywrite notices that have been issued to them.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Or DMCA) is an aspect of copywrite law that was first introduced in 1998 which is designed to protect Copyrighted material online; allowing rights holders the ability to take legal action against individuals or companies who share their work online without their expressed permission. The law is not without its critics, with some believing that the DMCA infringes on Fair Use and that the system is open to abuse with some being issued DMCAs by third parties who are not the rights holder themselves.
What do you think about the news that Twitch has started deleting content that contains DMCA issued material? Are you a streamer that has been affected by this news? Are you a creator whose work has been used on Twitch without your permission? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to share this article with those who will be affected by the news.