Not too long ago the Twitch policy was updated and now it looks like there are more changes on the way. DMCA strikes are about to get even scarier with a new "three strikes" rule.
Twitch is the biggest streaming platform and as such, it needs some clear guidelines. The last time we checked, the purple giant was making subscriptions more affordable around the world and punishing off-stream behavior. Now things are about to get serious, as DMCA strikes will lead to a permanent ban if the offender is a "repeat infringer". Here's all you need to know.
Twitch Updates Its DMCA Guidelines
One of the most common problems streamers encounter is DMCA strikes. It's no wonder Twitch had to update their guidelines yet again. This time though, it's not for the better. According to the latest update, offenders that accumulate three strikes will have their account banned by Twitch.
We will terminate an account holder’s access to the Twitch service if that user is determined by Twitch to be a “repeat infringer” of copyrighted works on the service – under our policy, a user will be considered a repeat infringer if they accrue three copyright strikes. Furthermore, we may in appropriate cases and at our sole discretion, limit access to the Twitch service and/or terminate the accounts of any users who blatantly and egregiously infringe the intellectual property rights of others, whether or not repeat infringement has occurred.
Three strikes and you're a repeat offender!
DMCA Strikes Are No Longer Permanent
Don't worry, as it's not all bad news. Another change that was made in the DMCA guidelines turns the strikes from permanent to temporary.
Strikes are not permanent, but rather are associated with an account for enough time for Twitch to determine whether the account holder is engaging in repeated infringement such that termination is necessary under this Policy.
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That's certainly good news, as the number of repeat offenders should drop significantly. Streamers that want to avoid or at least reduce copyright strikes on their channel might want to consider some royalty-free alternatives.
It's too early to tell how exactly these changes will affect streamers on the platform, but it's definitely not all bad. What do you think of the DMCA policy update? Share your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter!