The problem of copyright infringement on Twitch.tv is not new. For a long time, music has been played and videos have been viewed on broadcasts to which broadcasters have no rights. Even video game streaming, one of the pieces of content that made Twitch.tv so big in the first place, can theoretically be sued by the respective publishers.
Until now, there have often been issues where copyrighted material could be played in broadcasts and then re-watched via VoD or clips. Some channels then received warnings, even if the breach was many months or even years ago.
Twitch responds: this is changing
In the context of this issue, Twitch took action on Wednesday and is now implementing additional warnings on the platform, designed to prevent creators from receiving a warning for their channel without being able to act beforehand. In the worst case, these warnings can lead to a permanent ban.
The new warnings focus on audio material that is copyrighted and can still be found in clips and VoD. In the future, you should receive a notification if a violation is found in your recoverable content. Also, after the new warnings have been integrated, the associated VoD will be muted and all associated clips will be completely removed.
In the future, however, there will be a lot more information about what you can do to prevent such takedowns and copyright infringements in general.
You will now receive the following input when protected audio content is detected on your channel:
- You will receive a notification directly on the Twitch platform.
- You will receive an email in which you can view information about the protected content and must even include the name of the identified material.
- It will be linked to all VoDs associated with this material.
More precisely, the new analysis system should work in such a way that you will receive the email and a notification on Twitch as soon as several instances of copyrighted content are found in your VoDs without permission within 24 hours.
In addition, some basic settings regarding the recording of your streams will be adjusted. In the future, the publication of VoDs will be canceled by default. This means that before publishing or downloading the VoDs, you can review them in the Creator Dashboard and then make a decision.
If you’re absolutely confident in the layout of your content on Twitch.tv and you don’t want to use the new warning feature, you have the option to turn it off completely again. While this is obviously not recommended by Twitch, it does give you the freedom to go back to your previous settings.
Always remember that using copyrighted audio material means you are potentially at risk of receiving copyright infringement. Twitch explains that the new warnings are primarily intended to help you make “more informed decisions about the content” you use on your streams.
You can also find all the details about the new analytics system related to protected audio content on Twitch if needed. hereright in the help section of the Twitch.tv home page.
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