Twitch Is Cracking Down on DJs

Twitch streamers are noticing an unexpected uptick in the number of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints against their accounts for playing or using copyrighted music in their streams, and nobody’s happy about it. With many noting that the concept of Twitch DJ set incorporating copyrighted music is effectively dead, it seems as if the creator-driven video sharing platform has finally cracked down on its Community Guidelines for music.

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Over the past several days, Twitch streamers — both partners and affiliates — have been tweeting about the fact that they have noticed more than a few out-of-the-blue DMCA takedown complaints on clips that go years back. While it’s a well known fact that people host DJ sets, especially for fundraisers or virtual parties under COVID-19, on Twitch, it’s actually not really allowed. A takedown notice can jeopardize your channel, and several notices — no matter the length of the protected material — can ruin years of one’s audience-building efforts.

In Twitch’s Community Guidelines, there are express instructions for users not to facilitate or stream a “DJ Set,” in addition to a “Radio-Style Music Listening Show,” among other streaming styles that involve protected works. As a content provider on the internet, Twitch is held to the same standards and exemptions for speech outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that was buzzed about during President Trump’s Twitter tirade against protestors last week. A key exemption from speech that Section 230 protects, however, is speech that violates intellectual property (IP) laws — meaning, in most cases, DJ sets. This means that if Twitch receives a complaint from labels that their IP is being used in a stream, it has to investigate and pursue a takedown, or otherwise lose its Safe Harbor protection.

This explains why Twitch is so aggressively pursuing takedowns, since some content hosted on the platform is sure to violate copyright laws, but the process is no different from YouTube or SoundCloud’s in terms of DMCA takedowns. The sudden uptick in complaints has left creators scratching their heads, rushing to save content, and overall scrambling to figure out how to eliminate any infringements from past clips or VODs.

OBLADAET – 00:00 (feat. Miriam) lyrics

[Припев: Miriam]
For the bright individual the life is pale
But for the pale individual is bright
Destiny is my aunt but harmful, now she cheats with gifts
Cast stone of the changes flies from ignorance an estrangement
Who is in fault that we have chosen suffering instead of joy?

[Куплет 1: Obladaet]
Нас не найти: мы скрываем лица, скрываем IP
Днем нас не найти
Но в темноте ты увидишь этот рефлектив
Без паники, я без движений, как манекен
Со мной целый мир, но я налегке
И не знаю, где найду себя на weekend
Твоя жизнь в сталинке
Не став никем, жить в паблике
Открывая свой рот, ты спамишь, кид
Создаёшь свой мир, но лишь пальцами
Гаджет-бой, пропадают все чувства и даже боль
Тут не нужен кастинг: это та же роль
Где единицей станет даже ноль
Кому нужны ваши тайны?
Тик-так уже пашет таймер
Моё мнение: мне не нужен калькулятор, я так считаю
Кого – время лечит, но наше время будет вечно течь
На часах полночь, и я вижу нули, как бесконечность
Как бесконечность, два нуля, как бесконечность
Как бесконечность, эти два нуля, будто бесконечность
Я совершенен, не скрываюсь сам, бегу к мишеням
Ещё одно звено в цепи разрушений
Кинем якорь, ведь уже цепь на шее

[Куплет 2: Obladaet]
Но мне по кайфу. Слышь, мне по кайфу
Какой прогресс? Разложусь под пальмой
В руках геймпад – вся мощь под пальцем
Лишь меняй местами
Глянь котировки, на нас не ставят
Но эти groupies хотят в наши спальни
Животный инстинкт будет машинальным
Но нас пугает: мы ждём будущее – оно не наступает
Консоль и плазма. Как дышать без масок?
Выкинь паспорт, и просто валим
Уже раз пятый снова
Я поменяюсь, будто распятый Богом
В костях тромбы, мы в гостях дома
И на юг улетает косяк дронов

[Припев: Miriam]
For the bright individual the life is pale
But for the pale individual is bright
Destiny is my aunt but harmful, now she cheats with gifts
Cast stone of the changes flies from ignorance an estrangement
Who is in fault that we have chosen suffering instead of joy?