WoW Twitch streamer and OTK co-founder Asmongold called on fellow streamers to come together and change DMCA laws amid fears about future bans and strikes.
Twitch and DMCA go hand in hand as well as oil and water. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, streamers are not able to stream licensed music without risking a strike, as allowing the music to be broadcast could result in legal action against the platform by the houses of discs.
But sometimes strikes are distributed in a completely wrong way and for the most bizarre reasons. In March, GTA streamer RP Ramee received a strike for “sirens and horns” playing in the background, while more recently Warzone streamer NICKMERCS had to remove all of their VODs amid DMCA fears.
Twitch announced that it plans to work with music labels to find a workable solution that works for all parties, but that hasn’t stopped the outrage of streamers who lose VODs from previous streams.
As such, Asmongold suggested a potentially risky solution to overturning DMCA legislation and preventing streamers from being targeted by DMCA bans.
“Streamers and YouTubers should come together and bribe (pressure) politicians to change these ridiculous and outdated laws,” he said on Twitter. “It’s embarrassing that the Internet still follows a law written in 1998.”
However, other streamers have questioned the viability of this tactic, such as TSM streamer and Twitch partner Jake ‘ChocoTaco’ Throop said, “1998? we’re still following 18th century stuff.
1998? we’re still following 18th century stuff. Unlucky
– chocoTaco (@chocoTaco) May 28, 2021
Current legislation described a DMCA takedown such as: “When content is removed from a website at the request of the content owner or the content copyright owner.” It is a well-established and accepted Internet standard followed by website owners and Internet service providers.
“Any content owner has the right to process a takedown notice against a website owner and / or online service provider (eg, ISP, hosting company, etc.) if the content owner is owned is found online without his permission. “
Considering the money behind the record companies, it would take a monumental collaborative effort on the part of the streamers to successfully lobby politicians to change the system. As it stands, streamers will likely need to be patient while Twitch works with record companies to find a solution.