Recently, Twitch streamers have been hit with a wave of DMCA takedowns for allegedly playing copyrighted content on their streams which they did not have a license to. While the recent DMCA takedowns appear to focus on playing copyrighted music on stream, importantly, showing copyrighted video content (like a movie or a TV show) could also result in a DMCA takedown if the rights-holder was aware of its usage. For more info on what the DMCA is, see our post here.
Unfortunately, the DMCA is not perfect, and the takedown process can be weaponized resulting in overreach. While there’s no bulletproof way to stream content without the potential for a DMCA takedown, here are some best practices for streamers to help avoid potential DMCA issues:
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