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  1. Windows-only utility that stays in the system tray, it will emit a notification every time a channel goes live. The channels can be changed by editing the configuration file (which you can find available as a shortcut by right-clicking the icon - see the image above), the application will then check for changes and then update the channels accordingly without needing to restart. After clicking on a channel using the tray icon, the stream will start playing in the video player that was provided to the application by the flags or the configuration file (the stream will be opened in the browser by default). Usage: First you should head to the Twitch Developers Console page and get a Client ID and Secret Token. Now you can copy the provided config.json.example to config.json (the default name for the configuration file) and set the matching fields to the client ID and secret token. You should also change the channel list to match the ones you are interested in (and the video player application that will be used to open the stream). Configuration: Flags - These flags are optional and take precedence over the options set in the configuration file. -c, --client: Twitch Client ID -s, --secret: Twitch Secret Token -p, --player: The video player the app will use to open streams (available players are listed below) -f, --file: Path to the config file (config.json) by default -u, --channels: A list of the channels (comma separated) (e.g. --channels=j_blow,museun,handmade_hero) -n, --notify-titles: A list of the channels that will trigger a notification if the title changes (comma separated) (e.g. --notify-titles=ESL_CSGO) Players: The supported players are: Browser mpv Streamlink ========== Homepage: https://github.com/HazyAlex/taskbar-twitch Download: https://github.com/HazyAlex/taskbar-twitch/releases/download/1.0.1/taskbar-twitch-1.0.1.zip Changelog: https://github.com/HazyAlex/taskbar-twitch/releases/tag/1.0.1
  2. Developer on Twitch Creates Neat Tool to Prevent DMCA Notices Twitch users who play copyrighted music in the background leave themselves open to DMCA notices that can result in a ban. Other than expensive licensing there has been no obvious solution to this problem but thanks to developer Peter Frydenlund Madsen, Twitch streamers can now play copyrighted music to their fans, without risking infringement complaints. Last summer, chaos urupted on Twitch when users were suddenly bombarded with copyright infringement notices for content uploaded during 2017 and 2019. That initial batch was the work of the RIAA and in October 2020 the problems were back again when the music industry group fired off a second wave of complaints. In May, Twitch sent out an email noting that it had received another batch of DMCA takedown notices from music publishers, noting that the majority targeted streamers listening to background music while playing video games. But what if it was possible to stream copyrighted background music to users on Twitch, without receiving DMCA notices. And ensuring artists also get paid? Achieving the Impossible, Simply Unless users (or indeed Twitch) obtain licenses to stream mainstream music to the public, DMCA notices are always going to be a problem. However, with some lateral thinking, developer Peter Frydenlund Madsen, known on Twitch as Pequeno0, has come up with an elegant solution that will be useful to millions of users. Pequeno0’s solution is SpotifySynchronizer, a Twitch extension that synchronizes the streamer’s Spotify with the viewer’s Spotify, so that stream viewers can listen to the same music as the streamer, at exactly the same time. The beauty here is that no copyrighted tracks are distributed or recorded with or even without permission. The user simply connects to the streamer’s Spotify using the extension, executes a ‘force sync’ if necessary, and then listens to exactly the same music as the streamer, at exactly the same time, on their own machine. And because the music is being played on Spotify, the artists get paid. SpotifySynchronizer, GTA V RP and Twitch “I’ve watched a lot of GTA V RP on Twitch, and they used to play a lot of music, which fit the RP,” Pequeno0 informs TorrentFreak. “When the DMCA strikes hit, they were hit hard. So it was actually with them in mind that I started the project. So I talked to a friend of mine, and we came up with this idea of synchronizing music in a way that would still pay the artists.” Pequeno0 says he uses Spotify himself and since it’s a widely used service and accessible to millions – not to mention having a public API that is easy to use – the decision to integrate the platform was obvious. It was not without technical issues, however. Twitch and Spotify – Please Play Nicely “Getting to understand the Twitch API together with the Spotify API was problematic to start with. For example, it’s not possible to embed an iFrame in the Twitch extension. But usually logging in with Spotify happens in an iframe with OAuth,” Pequeno0 says. “I had to make a popup, and figure out how to send back the results of this popup to the extension to get the token to use for Spotify. This might be changed in the future to a better system to support more platforms.” Furthermore, Pequeno0 says that Spotify doesn’t provide any notification service when a song is changed. This means he has to ask Spotify which song is currently playing if the streamer changes tracks mid-song. “I could have made a check every few seconds, but the Spotify API also has rate limitation, so I decided against it. To overcome these issues, I had to make the ‘Force Sync’ button. It basically asks Spotify what the streamer is currently playing, and updates it with the server.” The developer says he doesn’t know how much time he’s spent on the project but does spend some money on a server to store a minimal amount of data. This is to make sure that viewers who log in when a track is already being played can discover the name of that track without having to communicate with the streamer’s part of the extension. The Future: Maybe More Music Services While Pequeno0 has been working on SpotifySynchronizer for some months now as a side project, he’s not ruling out more development. This will largely depend on how many people use the extension but he does have some early plans. “If the extension gets very popular, it could be extended to use even more services, and maybe even lookup songs on different music services, so the viewer/streamer could use different services but listen to the same songs,” Pequeno0 explains. In the meantime, the developer is providing instructions for those interested in testing SpotifySynchronizer on both the streaming and receiving ends. He promises there will be no DMCA notices for either. 1. The streamer installs the Extension and adds the panel to the channel. 2. Streamer starts Spotify, then starts the Live-Config panel found in the Creator Dashboard -> Stream Manager -> SpotifySynchronizer, then logs in with Spotify through the popup. The streamer then keeps this Live-Config panel open, as this is what does the synchronization. 3. If the streamer changes music mid-song, the “Force Sync” button has to be pressed to update it for the viewers. 4. Viewer opens Spotify and starts any song. This is a requirement, as the Spotify API can’t start playing if it doesn’t know which device is playing music. 5. Viewer logs in with SpotifySynchronizer below the stream on the streamer’s channel. If the viewer’s Spotify does not change to the song being played by the Streamer, the ‘Force Sync’ button can be used on the viewer’s side to get the currently playing song. Developer on Twitch Creates Neat Tool to Prevent DMCA Notices
  3. A top Twitch streamer has been live for nearly two weeks straight Ludwig’s stream continues Ludwig on stream during his weeks-long subathon. Image: Ludwig On Friday, the Twitch streamer Ludwig slept in. He got up around 11AM PT and lay in bed, chatting with the more than 30,000 viewers of his stream. He’s spent a lot of time in that spot lately — in fact, he’s broadcast dozens of hours of himself curled up in a bright red race car bed since his stream first started. As of this morning, Sunday, March 28th, Ludwig’s stream has now been live for nearly two weeks straight. His stream started around 2PM PT on Sunday, March 14th, according to The New York Times. The plan was to stream 20 seconds for every new subscription purchased to his channel (subscriptions are $5 per month). It’s a bit like a telethon — he won’t stop so long as the money kept coming in. “We’re making this like a goddamn vending machine,” Ludwig said just a few hours into the first day of his stream. The stream has turned into an event for Twitch viewers. Ludwig was already a star on Twitch when the stream began (the unofficial site TwitchTracker ranks him as the 11th most popular English-language channel), and as the days have gone on, he’s become the most subscribed to streamer on the site. Twitch has promoted the stream prominently on its front page and even wished the streamer goodnight. As he neared the two-week milestone on Saturday, Ludwig had to step away from the stream for the day and invited friends to take over. To make sure the marathon stream didn’t end while he was out, he ran a subscription promotion to run up the timer. Goodnight, @LudwigAhgren. — Twitch (@Twitch) March 16, 2021 “Subathons” have been happening on Twitch for years, and some have even extended for days in the past. In April, the streamer LosPollosTV went for more than six days, setting what was believed to be a live streaming record at the time. (Other streams have gone for longer since, but without running subathons the entire time.) As his stream showed no sign of stopping, Ludwig has added some constraints. Subscriptions now add only 10 seconds to the clock. Viewers are limited to purchasing 100 gift subscriptions each. He’s also set a 31 day cap before he’ll sign off no matter what. It’s not clear if he’ll reach that point. Over the course of this week, subscriptions have been slowing. There were 37 hours left on the clock as of 8AM ET Wednesday morning, but only 22 hours left as of 8AM ET Friday morning. As of this publication, the timer has been hovering just above and then periodically below 12 hours for some time — with subs still coming in to keep the clock relatively static throughout Saturday night and into Sunday morning — and now sits at roughly 11.5 hours. Source: A top Twitch streamer has been live for nearly two weeks straight
  4. Twitch’s DMCA Takedowns Threaten to Drive Musicians Away Twitch once looked like a lifeline for DJs and singers during the pandemic. The platform’s copyright issues tarnish that promise. PHOTOGRAPH: SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY/GETTY IMAGES AS A FAN of underground electronic music, the music producer, Twitch streamer, and label owner Chris Reed, who goes by the stage name Plastician, was used to going the extra mile to catch a show. “I literally used to have to climb through tower block building windows and hide from the police.” Today, he’s a DJ and runs a music label called Terrorhythm. He goes on, “This is like nothing compared to the shit we've had to put up with before. A lot of us have been through shit like this in the past.” The shit in question is his and other DJs’ ongoing struggle with the DMCA. While Plastician no longer finds himself climbing through windows or ducking the police, he navigates a more abstract, virtual obstacle course: Twitch. As Twitch grew, so did the diversity of content. Initially a site dominated by video game streamers, in 2015, the website created a new category of content called Creative and IRL. Then, by 2018, the company announced that this category had “exploded in growth,” and as a result, it created a new category for music. For Dave Eckbald and many other DJs, Twitch became a way to maintain their local music scene during the coronavirus pandemic. Before the pandemic, he worked in music promotion and co-owned a record store. Now, he produces the Twitch stream for the Minneapolis-based music collective Intellephunk. "After lockdown we had nowhere to do what we do.” Eckbald says He explains that one of the members of his collective “had to pivot and figure out some new stuff to do. And I was able to help him get that going quick. I had already been doing stuff on Twitch, on and off, so we worked to put a show together.” It wasn’t as much money as a live event, but the stream allowed Eckbald and Intellephunk to continue to engage their community and make some money off of tips from viewers watching the stream. Intellephunk wasn’t the only music group to take its music to Twitch. At the outset of the pandemic, musicians flooded the platform with content to make up for canceled live events. Entire concerts and music festivals went completely online to Twitch and streaming platforms like it. A report from StreamElements noted that the number of hours users spent watching music and performing arts rose from 3.6 million to 17.6 million hours over the course of one year. But that rosiness and excitement soon started to dissolve. Last October, Twitch sent a letter to streamers regarding Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violations. Any channel that had video content with copyrighted music must take it down or risk having their channel deleted. The public backlash was so strong that Twitch issued an apology within 24 hours. The company stated that the frustration of streamers was “completely justified,” and that it was just as surprised as content creators were by the volume of DMCA requests it had received. But Twitch maintained its warning: “If you play recorded music on your stream, you need to stop.” The Threat of the DMCA DJs already know the threat of copyright abuse. Twitch’s DMCA takedowns represent another setback in a long history of push and pull between creators and copyright enforcement. What is new, however, is how these stories illustrate the larger issue of uneven and confusing copyright enforcement on the internet. As Twitch doubles down, DJs cast doubt on the platform’s future with music. Sarvesh Ramprakash, also known as Icarus Redux, started in Los Angeles’ electronic music scene in 2014. Today he spins at shows across the midwest and organizes music communities for artists of color. He told me he hasn’t performed recently on Twitch, specifically because of the DMCA issue. “Intellectual property has always been a dicey subject in dance music production and performance, but with streaming in general—not just livestreaming—we're in a new era of being slapped hard by intellectual property laws.” Even as some performers continue livestreaming on Twitch, Ramprakash still avoids the website today. “DMCA takedowns are perhaps something that one can take in stride, because audio isn't muted while the stream is going. But it's not a good long-term solution if you're trying to build up some kind of brand via a specific channel,” he says. It’s also risky. Twitch uses a three-strike policy for its users. If a creator gets more than three strikes, Twitch could ban them entirely. The Uneven Impact of Copyright Enforcement Identifying copyrighted music on services like Twitch is entirely automatic, with very little human intervention, even at the appeals stage. This means that platforms like Twitch will more likely catch popular, well-known music than obscure, underground sounds. This created a unique problem for streamers who wanted to play Harmonix’s rhythm game, Fuser. In the game, you play as a DJ and mix sets for a roaring virtual crowd. “When I first decided I wanted to stream Fuser, the question of DMCA was absolutely the first thing on my mind” says composer and streamer Ryan Mitchum, who goes by the name Chongo online. He went and looked up the rules for streaming the game. Although he felt apprehensive about it, he ended up streaming it on a whim. He says , “As someone who's made mashups and other types of derivative content on Youtube for a pretty good chunk of time, I think that I've honestly just been desensitized to getting my work taken down by copyright blocks.” Even those that play original music aren’t exempt from issues. Plastician says, “A lot of the music I play personally is often unreleased. A lot of it is my own and music that's been sent to me from the people who produced it. So in many cases, not a lot of the music I play gets picked up by DMCA, because it doesn't exist in the system anywhere.” However, when he first started out, he faced a unique problem. “At the beginning, a lot of the music that received DMCAs was music by my label. So I'm seeing DMCAs for stuff that I owned,” he says. He wanted himself and others to be able to use his music without fear of a DMCA strike. “I had to speak to my distributor and ask, ‘What is causing these strikes?’ Because my personal stance is, I don't mind people streaming my music on their streams. I am quite happy for them to do it.” His distributor said that one vendor was the cause of all the takedowns, a database called Audible Magic. Once he removed it from the database, the DMCA notices stopped. I asked Plastician if he had any luck working with Twitch to resolve previous strikes. He tells me, “I sent in a few requests to reverse some of them in the past. I didn’t notice any email to open up the dispute, so I can’t really comment on that, since I personally haven’t had any contact from Twitch. Not yet anyways.” Moving to Greener Pastures Some DJs have a different, new approach: Bypass Twitch altogether and they don’t have to worry about copyright abuse and DMCA takedowns. Besides, many DJs aren’t anchored to Twitch the same way that game streamers are, and they’re willing to build their own alternatives, assuming their audiences will come with them. Eckbald says he is "definitely working towards a custom self-host solution." His streams never used Twitch’s tipping system, so he’s not worried about losing monetization features unique to the platform. He says it was nice to use something already built, but “we're not going to lose anything from going away." Other organizations like the Lot Radio in New York are supporting DJs in finding or building alternatives to Twitch for music streaming. The Lot Radio uses a service from Vimeo and then shares it with DJs. A record label and booking agency with a long history in the New York music scene called the Bunker New York worked with the Lot Radio to make a personalized streaming experience. Bryan Kasenic, founder of the Bunker New York, had one of his resident DJs on Twitch at one point, and he thinks the new platform is a huge improvement in both design and audio quality, whereas, the stream on Bunker, “looks like Bunker. From a branding and feel perspective, it’s a lot better.” Kasenic voices a larger distrust of big social media platforms like Twitch. He says platforms “get us to move all our followers there, and then they stop delivering our content to our followers unless we pay money. After that happened a few times, I didn’t want to give any other site that power.” So far, neither Kasenic nor the Bunker have run into serious issues with DMCA takedowns while using Vimeo. In the face of DMCA takedowns and copyright abuse, unpredictable social platforms, and a global pandemic that demolished live events, the DJs I spoke to remained collected. While all of these factors hit DJs the hardest, facing these circumstances on a regular basis also taught them how to be scrappy. As Plastician puts it, “We'll keep doing what we're doing until someone kicks us out.” Source: Twitch’s DMCA Takedowns Threaten to Drive Musicians Away
  5. Twitch Replaces Live Metallica Audio With Hilarious Folk Music to Avoid Copyright Violation The gaming platform Twitch, which has had no shortage of music-copyright problems in recent months, cut off the audio for Metallica’s BlizzCon performance Friday due to legal concerns, replacing it with comically inappropriate instrumental folk music. That the switch came in the middle of “Enter Sandman,” one of the group’s biggest hits, only made the disconnect more enraging and/or hilarious. According to reports in Metal Injection and other outlets, the news was first reporting by e-sports analyst Rod “Slasher” Breslau, who also was reluctant to post the full clip, although others did in short order. The band’s full performance of the song, minus the folk music, was still available on YouTube at the time of this article’s publication. I can take the risk so people see it, it's hilarious pic.twitter.com/pDLb2PDSmj — Moy (@moyetes) February 20, 2021 Many have also pointed out that contemporary copyright laws were shaped in no small way by Metallica’s battle with Napster in the early 2000s, which played a role in bringing down the service that ushered in illegal downloading and, ultimately, the streaming era. Metallica have long been fiercely protective of their copyrights — at times, belligerently so — and their unexpected endorsement of Spotify in 2012 helped clear the way for the mainstream acceptance of streaming services. Reps for Twitch and Metallica either declined or did not immediately respond to Variety’s requests for comment. Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, has been lambasted by music-industry organizations in recent months for turning a blind eye to the use of unlicensed songs on its service — and frustrating and confusing Twitch creators for deleting their videos for copyright violations. In November, it published a lengthy blog post that told streamers they must stop playing recorded music on their streams (unless it’s officially licensed) and that “if you haven’t already, you should review your historical VODs and Clips that may have music in them and delete any archives that might.” The company’s negotiations with music organizations are ongoing; Amazon, which has had a largely positive relationship with music organizations, has kept the battle at arm’s length, allowing Twitch executives to sort it out for themselves. Source: Twitch Replaces Live Metallica Audio With Hilarious Folk Music to Avoid Copyright Violation
  6. The ongoing protests across the US likely prompted the decision. Twitch has removed an emote that featured an image of a cartoon character dressed as a police officer blowing a whistle. "TwitchCop," as the emoticon was known as, was a global emote Twitch viewers could use in chat across all of the platform's channels. The company told The Verge it removed the image to stop people from abusing it. "We made the decision to proactively pull down the TwitchCop emote to prevent misuse," the company said. "We are constantly evaluating our policies to ensure we are addressing emerging behaviors and language on our platform." Twitch didn't say if it plans to bring back the emote, nor did it elaborate what prompted its decision. However, as The Verge points out, the emoticon's removal likely comes in response to the ongoing protests across the US that were sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. In recent days, social media networks like Facebook and Twitter have been flooded with videos documenting rampant police brutality. In light of what's going on at the moment, some viewers may have used the emote to harass black streamers and other people of color. Despite its newfound notoriety, the emote doesn't seem to have been popular before its removal. A tweet found by The Verge suggests Twitch added the image in 2017 following a community vote. Compared to the statements we’ve seen some companies share recently, Twitch's decision to remove a potentially hurtful emoticon is one of the more tangible responses to the current situation. We've also seen companies like Sony delay their promotional events. On Monday, the console-maker announced it was delaying its June 4th PlayStation 5 livestream. "We do not feel that right now is a time for celebration..." the company said at the time, without sharing a revised air date. Source
  7. Twitch is running a PSA for people using ad-blockers on the site, and nobody’s happy Twitch has started serving them to uBlock users every 10 or 20 minutes Ads are important on Twitch in the same way they’re important on any website that relies on advertisers for revenue. (Hello from Vox Media.) But it is a war. Ad-blockers keep websites ad-free, and then the sites themselves innovate around the blockers. Escalation is the norm. It’s also the background for the current ad-based controversy on the streaming site. Twitch pushed an update that broke uBlock, a popular ad-blocker. UBlock users were suddenly greeted with a pop-up noting that they may be using a third-party tool or browser extension that “is impacting site performance” every 10 or 20 minutes — a little like a site-triggered midroll ad. A spokesperson from Twitch told me that users were getting that specific pop-up because the tool they’re using is manipulating the site code. This person stressed that the midroll experiment was over and added that Twitch hadn’t actually changed the overall ad density of the site — which is to say, the only automated ads running on the site are prerolls, and streamers can disable those for their subscribers. (They also noted that some bigger streamers may use third-party tools to run automatic ads on their streams and that those can sometimes seem like they’re coming from Twitch.) For its part, Twitch says that it is not targeting ad-blocking users with any more ads than any other. For Twitch, ads are a little different than they are on other free sites: because the service is live, ads as they’re currently constituted on the site obscure the content. You can miss things in a way that you can’t with, like, YouTube. Imagine, if you will, that you’re watching a football game when, in the middle of a clutch play, an unskippable ad triggers. You can always see the replay, of course, which means, technically speaking, you didn’t miss anything. But it feels terrible to have missed the crucial moment as it unfolds. This was the situation for a few weeks on Twitch this summer: the company began testing automated midroll ads, which were universally hated. The bottom line: when an ad is blocked, nobody makes money — not streamers and not Twitch. That said, with CPMs being what they are, streamers are getting the worse end of the deal. As of September, both partners and affiliates in America were earning $3.50 per 1,000 ad views. “Things are hostile because streamers don’t like running ads. And viewers aren’t going to like ads either because of that,” says Lowco, a Twitch partner, when I reach her on Discord. “When you’re getting 10 viewers... running ads, I mean, it’s just not going to add up, right? And it’s super intrusive to the viewers,” she continues. “I think Twitch can do a lot better in this regard, to make ads, something that works for streamers.” Lowco says she doesn’t have a problem with Twitch targeting users who are using ad-blocking software because it’s a big part of Twitch’s business model. But she also says she thinks Twitch can do better by its streamers. “I think if you’re gonna force ads, it’s not gonna work,” she says. “Twitch is all about community until it comes to these types of things. And then it looks very top down. And to me, I think people respond negatively to that type of, you know, forcible implementation.” Which does seem true. She also thinks that ads on Twitch can just be done better. “You can have skippable ads, better inline ads, lower third ads that are more seamless with the live content — the live nature of Twitch.” Twitch is running a PSA for people using ad-blockers on the site, and nobody’s happy
  8. Japan and Ukraine are the latest countries to sign agreements with the World Intellectual Property Organization in an effort to keep advertising off pirate sites. The notable factor here is that Ukraine is the first country to reveal which sites rightsholders have blacklisted. Among them are Amazon-owned Twitch and US-based streaming platform Veoh. Keeping advertising off pirate sites has become one of the key goals of entertainment industry and anti-piracy groups. The theory is that if brands can be encouraged not to place their ads alongside infringing content, pirate sites will be starved of much-needed revenue. To achieve this goal, various coalitions have created their own pirate site ‘blacklists’ so that known pirate players can be screened out as potential advertising partners. WIPO ALERT Database Initially named BRIP (Building Respect for Intellectual Property), the United Nation’s World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) now operates a system known as WIPO ALERT. Founded in 2017 and with early contributions from Italian telecom regulator AGCOM and KCOPA, the Korea Copyright Protection Agency, WIPO ALERT aims to collate national advertising blacklists into one big database. Last week we reported that Russia had thrown its weight behind the project, signing a memorandum of understanding to add its own database of infringing domains to the WIPO ALERT database. Japan and Ukraine Announce Support For WIPO ALERT Japan-based anti-piracy group CODA has now revealed that on September 23, 2020, it too signed an agreement with WIPO, joining Italy, South Korea, Brazil, Spain, and Russia in the program. The difference in CODA’s case, however, is that while the other countries’ databases are run by governments, the Japanese anti-piracy group is the first contributor from the private sector. At the same time as announcing its membership, CODA revealed that Ukraine had also signed an agreement to integrate its advertising blacklists into the WIPO system. The country’s ‘Clear Sky’ anti-piracy initiative confirmed the news, noting that the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture had signed a memorandum of understanding with WIPO. “Today there are more than 1,500 such [infringing] resources on our list. We are delighted that WIPO has initiated a similar project at the international level,” said Vyacheslav Mienko, head of the ‘Clear Sky’ initiative. “Ukraine, represented by the Ministry of Economy, joined the project, and this gives us the opportunity to declare our resources to the WIPO list, containing claims from Ukrainian rightholders. We are confident that the international status of such a list will create additional motivation for the advertising market to control the placement of advertising.” Surprise Transparency From Ukraine With Predictable Results As we mentioned last week, there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with advertisers wanting to keep their ads off piracy portals. That being said, with no country prepared to publish its blacklists in public, it’s impossible to examine those lists for errors, blunders, or questionable entries. Surprisingly, Ukraine changes all that. Via its Blacklists.org.ua website, Ukraine helpfully provides a Google spreadsheet of all its blacklisted sites, i.e platforms rightsholders feel shouldn’t carry advertising from responsible companies so should be boycotted. In the main, Ukraine’s list is a fairly uncontroversial read, with various rightsholders complaining about hundreds of known torrent and streaming portals that are clearly engaged in mass distribution of unlicensed content. However, when taking a really close look, there are sites on the list that will raise eyebrows. Twitch.tv Set to Be Blacklisted by the WIPO ALERT System? At the time of writing there are around 1,300 alleged ‘pirate’ sites in the list but as the screenshot below reveals, not all is well. At position 1098 we can clearly see Amazon-owned Twitch.tv, a platform offering video game live streaming, broadcasts of Esports competitions, and sundry other streams. While Twitch isn’t immune to copyright-infringements carried out by a minority of its users, in this database it’s clearly labeled as a problematic platform that shouldn’t be advertised on. The site’s responsiveness to DMCA takedown notices seems to been pushed aside. The text in blue is a reference to the entity that reported Twitch to the blacklist, in this case the Ukrainian Anti-Piracy Association. Quite why this anti-piracy group has an issue with Twitch is unclear but given the fact that the list is about to be ported over to the WIPO to advise rightsholders internationally, Amazon might have a problem on its hands. US-based Streaming Platform Veoh.com Also Blacklisted Further down the list is another interesting entry, US-based streaming platform Veoh. The site was placed there following complaints from anti-piracy company 1+1Media but exactly why remains a mystery. Veoh has a strict copyright policy that not only removes infringing content but also terminates repeat infringers. As a major contributor to the Ukrainian blacklist, which will soon form part of WIPO ALERT, no reasons are given for any of the hundreds of platforms 1+1Media has recommended for an advertising boycott. However, if people do have any complaints, they must direct their issues to the anti-piracy company contributors themselves. Clear Sky says that listings are not their responsibility. Finally, there are a significant number of sites submitted to the blacklist by Getty Images. After checking a few at random it appears most are news sites which presumably used Getty’s photographs without permission. While that’s still infringement, these are certainly not pirate sites in the traditional sense. That raises the question of where the red lines are drawn and whether any sites, not just obvious ‘pirate’ platforms, are at risk of being placed on these lists at the whim of an anti-piracy company or copyright holder. Exactly Why Transparency is Needed As mentioned earlier, Ukraine is the only country thus far to make its blacklist public and for that, it should be commended. While there some questionable entries, including very significant ones, it is this kind of transparency that will contribute to making more accurate lists that achieve their stated goals. Whether WIPO will go down the same route with a published list of its own is unclear but if there’s a chance that blunders like the inclusion of Twitch and Veoh will get noticed, it should be worth considering. The alternative could be a mysterious fall in ad revenue for platforms that have absolutely no idea what is going on, despite complying with all relevant laws. Source: TorrentFreak
  9. A large number of Twitch users have had their videos deleted following a new round of mass DMCA notice processing. Twitch has also imposed an interesting 'deal' on those affected. In exchange for removing their ability to file a counternotice, Twitch won't be placing a copyright 'strike' against users' accounts. A fair 'amnesty' deal or a coach-and-horses through due process? During the summer there was uproar when Twitch users were suddenly bombarded with copyright notices for content uploaded between 2017 to 2019. Unsurprisingly, the claimant was listed as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), an organization well-known for its aggressive stance towards those who use its member labels’ content without obtaining an appropriate license. Aside from the notices themselves, the greater problem was Twitch’s “repeat infringer” policy, which states that if users receive several copyright complaints under the DMCA, they can be permanently banned from the platform. Twitch doesn’t say how many will trigger a ban but under normal conditions, it’s believed to be three. In common with similar platforms, Twitch adopted this stance to avoid becoming liable for its users’ infringements. However, the earlier advice for users to quickly delete everything on their accounts that may be infringing to avoid a ban didn’t sit well with the company’s customers. The Second Wave – AKA “DMCA Bloodbath” After the chaos in June, there was a general feeling that the worst may be behind the site’s users. Late yesterday, however, a fresh development indicated that was not the case. Gamer and esports consultant Rod Breslau (aka ‘Slasher’) took to Twitter to reveal that a second wave of DMCA notices had hit Twitch, with devastating consequences. “We are writing to inform you that your channel was subject to one or more of these DMCA takedown notifications, and that the content identified has been deleted,” a copy of a notice from Twitch reads. The first point of interest here is that Twitch didn’t tell anyone affected by these mass deletions what content was removed or what users did wrong. That deviates from the accepted standard practice of notifying users that “Content X infringed content company Y’s rights” and that’s why it was flagged. At least ordinarily, this information would provide users a platform from which to fight back, if the claim against their content was incorrect or at least contentious. However, Twitch effectively removed any opportunity to respond by imposing a new albeit temporary system for handling DMCA complaints. Twitch Trades Due Process For Not “Striking” User Accounts By not providing the information outlined above, Twitch clearly knew there would be problems among its userbase. So, what it appears to have done is sweeten the pill with a quid pro quo. “We recognize that by deleting this content, we are not giving you the option to file a counter-notification or seek a retraction from the rights holder. In consideration of this, we have processed these notifications and are issuing you a one-time warning to give you the chance to learn about copyright law and the tools available to manage the content on your channel,” the notices continues. Effectively, Twitch has denied any opportunity to contest DMCA notices on fair use grounds, for example, by imposing a “warning” instead. This warning does not appear to be a copyright strike, meaning that it won’t add to a user’s tally of strikes which accumulate and ultimately end in a ban. More controversial, however, is that there are claims that the Audible Magic recognition system used by Twitch isn’t working how it should. “Audible Magic is misidentifying music,” a Twitch user reported to the company on Twitter last night. “The proof in that pudding is my vods from last night that was muted with music that (the track and artist appeared in an onscreen ticker) was cleared for use on stream and is an original work. “An example based on the immediate past: You run Audible magic against highlights and clips. Those Highlights and Clips have music that is misidentified as DMCA applicable. By auto-deleting this content you remove our ability to correct that and keep the content,” he added. Can Twitch Delete Content and Deny Counternotices? While large volumes of users are currently distraught at the actions of Twitch and the deletion of their content without a fair hearing, a close look at the company’s terms of service reveals that, completely unsurprisingly, it can delete whatever content it likes, when it likes, and for any reason. It doesn’t even have to be infringing either, that’s just one of the options. “To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Twitch reserves the right to remove, screen, or edit any User Content posted or stored on the Twitch Services at any time and without notice, including where such User Content violates these Terms of Service or applicable law, and you are solely responsible for creating backup copies of and replacing any User Content you post or store on the Twitch Services at your sole cost and expense,” its ToS reads. Since Twitch can delete whatever content it likes at any time, that seems to negate any user ‘right’ to know anything about the claims against them, which in turn prevents them from filing a counternotice. And, since Twitch is essentially giving any actual infringers a free pass this time around (which in the case of multiple strikes could’ve meant an account ban), the company has not only covered its bases but also attempted to sweeten the deal. It didn’t have to, of course, but has wisely offered something. Nevertheless, that is no consolation to those users who have had their content deleted on dubious grounds and have no means to contest the action. Was the Second Wave ‘Bloodbath’ a Surprise? Not Really Back in 2014, Twitch announced that it was voluntarily taking measures to protect broadcasters and copyright owners. To this end, Twitch revealed it had partnered with content recognition/anti-piracy company Audible Magic, adding that by doing so it was assuming “no liability for the actions of its users.” Fast forward to June 2020, during the first wave of DMCA notice fallout, Twitch quite clearly said that its work with Audible Magic would be “extended” and all but confirmed that the deletions of this week were already expected several months ago. “First, we will begin the work to extend our use of Audible Magic to identify existing clips that may contain copyrighted music and delete them for you without penalty. Over the coming months, this will cover newly created clips as well,” Twitch said. So, the big question remains – what can users do faced with this scenario? If history is anything to go by, not very much. Twitch is Not Your Platform and Copyright Holders Come First The bottom line here is that while millions of Twitch users call the platform home, Twitch is not their site. While the site relies on streamers to make it a viable business concern, they are merely guests who agree to be bound by a strict set of rules that are entirely in the favor of the platform itself. Furthermore, like YouTube and even ISPs in the United States, Twitch faces the prospect of being subjected to aggressive legal action if it fails to deal with repeat infringers appropriately. Given that the RIAA is behind most of these liability lawsuits, protecting the record labels’ copyrights must be high on the Twitch agenda. It therefore seems probable (if not likely) that Audible Magic has effectively identified many thousands of repeat infringers on Twitch, so in preference to banning them all, Twitch has chosen to delete their content in a mass purge instead. Whether this was carried out with the stated or tacit support of the labels is unclear but the possibility of this being a ‘reset’ or catch-up move seems relatively high, particularly given that Twitch says it will revert to its regular DMCA process later this week. Source: TorrentFreak
  10. Twitch apologizes to streamers for its mishandling of music copyright In a blog post, the platform explained why it sent that weird email last month Twitch published a blog post today with the relatively anodyne title “Music-Related Copyright Claims and Twitch.” What was in it, however, was anything but. The post explained exactly why streamers received that strange email notifying them that Twitch had deleted some of their clips and VODs, and it gave creators an update on what tools they can expect to see from the company in the future. The bottom line? Twitch was unprepared for a sudden onslaught of copyright takedown notices from the music industry that started back in May. “Until May of this year, streamers received fewer than 50 music-related DMCA notifications each year on Twitch. Beginning in May, however, representatives for the major record labels started sending thousands of DMCA notifications each week that targeted creators’ archives, mostly for snippets of tracks in years-old Clips,” it wrote. (Emphasis Twitch’s.) “We continue to receive large batches of notifications, and we don’t expect that to slow down.” Twitch confirmed that it had decided to simply remove the targeted clips — because that’s what’s required by law — and also paused copyright strikes for the three days after that email was sent to creators in October. The company also apologized for only giving creators a mass-deletion tool for clips. “We could have developed more sophisticated, user-friendly tools awhile ago. That we didn’t is on us,” it wrote. “And we could have provided creators with a longer time period to address their VOD and Clip libraries – that was a miss as well. We’re truly sorry for these mistakes, and we’ll do better.” Twitch also said that it was working on new tools to help streamers who have been hit with a copyright infringement notification. These include expanding the use of their technology that detects copyrighted audio and “more granular ways to manage your archive.” The company also promised more control over what audio ends up in VODs — and it pointed to its new tool, Soundtrack, which allows streamers to play licensed music in streams without that music appearing in recorded content. Last, the company said it needed to give streamers the ability to review which pieces of content were infringing to help them more easily file a counter-notification. These are steps in the right direction. But it’s a little galling that Twitch didn’t have them implemented in the first place. Twitch apologizes to streamers for its mishandling of music copyright
  11. Twitch will begin scanning and deleting clips that contain copyrighted music Streamers won’t be penalized Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitch plans to start automatically scanning clips of live streams for copyrighted music following a wave of takedown requests on years-old videos, which has frustrated streamers over the last week. Twitch says it will automatically delete clips with copyrighted music in them and that it will not penalize streamers — under its current rules, streamers can get strikes for copyright violations that could ultimately lead to a ban. The culprit here is clips — basically highlights from a larger live stream that have usually been cut out by a fan and saved to the streamer’s page. Twitch already scans the archive of a fully completed stream for copyrighted audio, and it mutes the stream in 30-minute chunks to wipe out anything that might be found. But that scanning technology wasn’t used on clips, too, which meant that streamers may have had years of clips with copyrighted music in them that had gone unnoticed. The scanning is done in partnership with Audible Magic, a company that works with rights holders like Universal Music Group, Disney, and Warner Music Group, among others, to scan platforms for copyrighted content. Audible Magic has powered Twitch’s archive scanning since 2014, and now Twitch says it’s expanding that partnership to focus on clips. Older clips are being scanned first, and “over the coming months,” it’ll expand to new clips as well. As part of its response to the wave of takedown requests, Twitch also plans to build a feature allowing streamers to delete all of the clips on their channel. Twitch hasn’t announced a way to appeal automated clip deletions just yet, but it does have a process in place to appeal audio being muted as a result of Audible Magic’s scanning, so it’s likely there will be one eventually. Streamers might play music during their broadcasts for a number of reasons; DJ sets are popular, or a streamer might play music in the background. There might also be music inside a game being played, which would be a trickier situation for streamers to avoid. YouTubers have dealt with takedowns over copyrighted music for years, often to great frustration. Twitch will begin scanning and deleting clips that contain copyrighted music
  12. How to Start Streaming on Twitch You don’t need a ton of equipment to stream your own gaming sessions, or to meet more people who play the games you love. Photograph: Brett Carlsen/The New York Times/Redux You might think you have to be a pro gamer to get started with Twitch, but that’s not true. Everyone from artists and musicians to comedians and crafters have channels where they create, entertain—and, yes, even play games for their audience. Here’s how to find yours, and how to watch ours. Prep Your PC Whether you plan to stream video games or, well, anything else, you’ll need a computer that’s up to the task. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need a new one, though. Twitch has its own suggested PC specs, but they’re fairly lightweight, including only an Intel Core i5-4670 (or its AMD equivalent), 8 GB of RAM, and Windows 7 or newer. Of course, if you plan on streaming games, you’ll want a PC that can handle the games and the streaming software you plan to use. OBS Studio is the most popular utility for Twitch broadcasting. It can definitely get CPU-intensive, depending on the game or video source you’re streaming, especially if you plan to stream hi-res, high-detail games, so take that into consideration. We’d recommend a modern quad-core processor, at least 8 GB of RAM (preferably more), and an up-to-date video card like an Nvidia RTX 2060 or newer (although personally, I stream just fine with an old GTX 1080.) If that all sounds too complicated, plenty of gaming PC manufacturers will sell you a PC designed for streaming, with high-end components that will tackle challenging games with specs to spare. Similarly, if you don’t plan to stream PC games at all, you could stream directly from your console through the Twitch App (on the Xbox) or Share Menu (on PlayStation). You could even stream using the Twitch app from your phone, if all you need is a camera. You don’t get the same options as OBS Studio offers, but it’s a great way in without additional cost or confusion. Get a Camera (If You Want) Speaking of cameras, you don’t need one to stream games to Twitch if you prefer not to have your face onscreen, but many streamers like to add that personal touch. If you do, virtually any high-quality webcam will do, like the Logitech StreamCam or the more broadly popular Logitech C920 Pro. Some professional gamers even point their cameras at their hands, so viewers can see how they manage the controls of complicated games. If you want to stream music, a talk show, or something else that’s not games, you could take things a step further and set up a DSLR or professional camera and connect it to your computer. If you’re just getting started, however, a webcam will do. Make Sure You’re Heard Once you have your video set up, you need to make sure your viewers will hear you clearly. A good gaming headset, like our favorite SteelSeries Arctis line or HyperX’s Cloud Alpha, will make sure you can hear your computer or console while you stream and your viewers can make out your voice. A good headset, preferably a wired one (just to remove additional variables from your streaming setup) is a great way in, but when you’re ready to upgrade, consider a dedicated microphone and headphones for top-notch audio quality. The Blue Yeti is my go-to. It’s affordable and easy to set up and use, and it works well with any pair of headphones you enjoy listening to. We like the Sony MDR7506. They sound great, and they’re affordable to boot. Set Up a Space Now, you don’t need a special space for streaming, especially if you’re planning on streaming games, since your viewer will ideally be looking at what’s happening on your screen more than what’s lurking behind you in your home office or living room. But if you want to stream art, music, or something else that would fit into Twitch’s IRL (In Real Life) category, you might want to invest in some lighting. Options vary, but a good ring-light behind your screen or directly on your face will put you in a flattering light, and some additional directional lights to even things out will make sure your viewers can see the instrument you’re playing, the canvas you’re painting on, or even your guests if you plan to host a panel or group show. You might also consider setting up a green screen behind you so you can patch in a digital background that looks cooler than your messy office or just adds a little liveliness to your stream. After all, who wouldn’t want to play Dungeons and Dragons with a faux castle background, or a sci-fi video game from the bridge of the Enterprise? Lastly, consider some sound damping measures. It’s easy to say you should stream from a quiet place, but we don’t all have that luxury. You can find affordable foam acoustic panels on Amazon that you can mount on the walls to reduce echo. Customize Your Channel and Spread the Word Once you’re ready to go, it’s time to tell everyone about your channel. You don’t have to build Twitch banners, emotes, and other profile images, but it definitely helps. My suggestion: If you have an artist on Twitter or Instagram that you love, ask if you can commission them to create some art for your Twitch channel (and pay them appropriately)—you’ll usually get something better than you can make yourself, and your viewers will appreciate the unique look of your channel. Whatever you do, make sure to personalize it. Make sure it reflects your personality and the vibe you’re going for on-stream, and it also includes links to your social media and where viewers can find you when you’re off-stream. And of course, make sure to set up Twitch to notify your followers on other platforms when you’re live, or make sure you do it yourself. Set a schedule for your channel so viewers know when to tune in, and try to stick to it. Consistency is key, and most importantly, so is having fun. How to Start Streaming on Twitch
  13. The move is odd in that the president has been critical of video games, and then there's the matter of who owns Twitch. Donald Trump is spreading his social media wings with the launch of a channel on Twitch. Trump is at least the third candidate for president to create a presence on the video game streaming service. Trump's account, which has a verification check mark, counts about 7,000 followers but hasn't posted any content as of this writing, but the move suggests the president will use the platform to livestream videos to his supporters as part of his 2020 re-election bid. Other candidates to launch Twitch accounts include Democrats Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang. Although not a fan of social media, Trump is one of the industry's most prolific users, using his Twitter account to announce policy changes and criticize his opponents. His 65.5 million followers on Twitter put him just out of the top 10 most-followed Twitter accounts. He also has nearly 15 million followers on Instagram, although he posts on that account far less frequently than he does on Twitter. His choice to expand his social media presence by going to Twitch, which 15 million users visit daily to watch others play video games, is a bit of double irony for the president. Trump is well known for accusing social media of harboring liberal bias and suppression of conservative voices, but he's also blamed video games for contributing to the "glorification of violence in our society." And then there's Amazon, which paid about $970 million for Twitch in 2014. Trump has made the internet retail giant one of his favorite targets, with repeated accusations that the company is taking advantage of its delivery partnership with the US Postal Service. Its CEO, Jeff Bezos, has also been a frequent target of Trump's attacks, with the president widely seen as targeting the company because Bezos owns The Washington Post, which has reported critically on the president. The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Source
  14. Twitch Studio Beta launches for Windows: streaming for everyone Twitch launched the first public version of Twitch Studio, a new streaming application for Twitch designed to make things easier for anyone, this week. Up until a few years ago, setting up streams required quite a bit of technical knowledge. Webcam, microphones and devices had to be set up properly and connected to streaming services. Tools like OBS Studio improved the experience and Twitch hopes that the new Twitch Studio makes streaming available to even more users (to bring them to the Twitch platform). The application is available for Windows 7 and newer versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system at the time of writing. The official announcement on the Twitch blog reveals no information on other platforms that Twitch Studio may become available for. Twitch Studio Beta Installation of Twitch Studio is straightforward: just follow the instructions -- there are no choices to be made -- and wait for the installer to run the program after installation. You need to sign in to an existing Twitch account or may create a new account / connect using Facebook to get started. Twitch Studio has a guided setup that users may follow. Experienced users may hit the skip setup button to make modifications to the setup manually but new users may appreciate the guided setup as it walks them through the detection and configuration of computer hardware. Guided setup detects microphones, webcams, the monitor resolution and adjusts settings such as the resolution of the stream, as well as the background layout of the stream (separate for main, be right back and downtime). Setup features a benchmark test that users of the application may run to make sure that the selected (or suggested) stream quality works well on the device. The main application interface provides options to start and stop streams, create recordings, check chats and activity feeds, use messaging, or make configuration changes. A click on Menu > File > Settings displays additional options that Twitch streamers may configure. The Stream section lists preferences to change the screen resolution, FPS, bitrate and encoder manually or pick one of the available presets. Recording provides options to change the save directory and recording format (flv or mp4) of streams, audio options to change microphone input and compression, and hotkeys options to map hotkeys to activate certain program functionality using the keyboard. Closing Words Twitch Studio is certainly not the most comprehensive streaming solution for Twitch; what sets it apart is that it takes users by the hand to get things set up in no time which makes it an excellent option for beginners who are just getting started. It takes just a minute or so to get everything set up and the first stream or recording is just a click of the button away. Source: Twitch Studio Beta launches for Windows: streaming for everyone (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
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  16. MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court has blocked access to English Premier League game broadcasts by Amazon’s Twitch after Russia’s Rambler media group said it would sue the video streaming service over pirate broadcasts, the TASS news agency reported. Rambler plans to sue Twitch for 180 billion roubles ($2.82 billion) in a Russian court for what it said were 36,000 cases in which Twitch had violated its rights to broadcast the soccer games, the Kommersant newspaper reported earlier on Monday. The Moscow District Court said it planned to hear the case on Dec. 20. It said it had taken “interim measures” ahead of the hearing, but gave no further details. Amazon did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Rambler confirmed its plans to sue Twitch for damages and said it was holding talks with the service over a possible settlement deal. “Our suit against Twitch is to defend our exclusive rights to broadcast English Premier League matches and we will continue to actively combat pirate broadcasts,” said Mikhail Gershkovich, head of Rambler Group’s sports projects. “We’re currently holding talks with Twitch to sign a settlement agreement. The service has given us tools to combat pirate broadcasts and we are now only talking about compensation for damages between August and November,” he said. The court said it was unable to comment on the size of the lawsuit. “As regards the sum of the (suit), it was proposed by external lawyers who are running this case. The sum is technical and the maximum possible. It will be altered,” Gershkovich said. Source
  17. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia no longer plans to block Amazon’s Twitch over piracy allegations after the streaming service took down illegal sports content, Russian news agencies cited communications watchdog Roskomnadzor as saying on Tuesday. A Russian court on Monday blocked Twitch’s access to English Premier League soccer broadcasts after Russia’s Rambler media group said it would sue the Amazon subsidiary for 180 billion roubles ($2.88 billion) over pirate broadcasts. Rambler said there were 36,000 cases in which Twitch had violated its rights to broadcast the soccer games in Russia, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Monday. Rambler acquired the broadcast rights for English Premier League soccer this season from Russian sports broadcaster Match-TV. Source
  18. Twitch rolls out redesigned channel page with customization tools and more Twitch announced today the release of a refreshed channel page for streamers, introducing a lot of changes that give them more control over how their channel appears to followers even when they are offline and more. These changes were unveiled in 2019 and Twitch says the latest update reflects the feedback gathered from its community over the past year of testing. Streamers can now customize their channel with a trailer that appears when they are offline, alongside recent broadcasts and hosted channels. Previously, viewers could only see a blank video player or an offline image when they visited an offline channel. Twitch says these new additions are meant "to improve the viewer experience and give streamers more ways to show the world who they are". They can also add customizable banners, more visible avatars, and colors to their channel page. To help fans know when a channel’s next stream will go live, streamers can now publish stream schedules. Plus, there's an option for Vacation Mode if streamers need to schedule a break. They can also tell the public more about themselves by adding a bio, social media links, and curated videos. In the videos tab, streamers can curate their content, shuffle the videos, and add new collections. Twitch noted that the redesigned channel page has been made available to streamers for the past month prior to today's public launch. It will go live for all viewers over the next few weeks. Source: Twitch rolls out redesigned channel page with customization tools and more (Neowin)
  19. Twitch announces subscriber-only streams, enter beta today Change the way you watch. What you need to know Twitch is a leading streaming platform where content creators and viewers come together. Today, the company announced subscriber-only streams. You'll have to subscribe to a channel or Twitch Prime to view them. This is a new way to gain paid subscribers. Twitch is the leading streaming platform where content creators and viewers come together in new ways. Rewarding viewers is a major part of the experience and today, the company announced "Subscriber Streams." Subscriber Streams are only accessible to those who pay the subscription cost to the content creator. While this seems like it would dramatically impact viewership, it may get new people to subscribe who were on the fence about it earlier. In a post on the company's website, Twitch said the following. Communities are the heart of Twitch. When streamers and their viewers come together week after week to bond over the things they love, they build authentic connections that make Twitch a place like none other. Creators often ask us for new and better ways to reward their viewers... The next gadget we're adding to their kit is Subscriber Streams. This feature launches in beta today... Subscriber Streams are an exciting new way for streamers to offer another benefit to some of their biggest supporters ... If a viewer subscribes to a channel at any tier, including a Twitch Prime subscription, they'll have access to that creator's Subscriber Streams. If they're not a subscriber and they arrive on a channel that's running a Subscriber Stream, they'll see a preview of what's going on and, if they'd like, they'll be able to join the party immediately by subscribing. Many streamers struggle to gain a significant revenue stream, so maybe Subscriber Streams will help with that. We'll just have to wait and see how this feature is used by content creators. At the end of the day, it's their decision on whether to use it or not, and how successful it can be. Source
  20. Twitch Interactive, the livestreaming platform owned by Amazon.com, has sued anonymous trolls who flooded the site last month with pornography, violent content and copyrighted movies and television shows. Among examples of the objectionable uploads cited in Friday's complaint is a livestream of the March massacres at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 51 people dead and 49 injured. The video captured by the gunman's own chest-mounted camera appeared on several social networks, most prominently Facebook, which was criticised for how long it took to scrub the footage. Twitch says it works to remove offensive posts and ban the accounts of the users who post them, but that the videos quickly reappear, apparently posted by bots, while other bots work to drive users to the impermissible content. Twitch temporarily suspended new creators from streaming after a May 25 attack by trolls. The company said that if it learns the identities of the anonymous streamers who have abused its terms of service – named in the lawsuit as "John and Jane Does 1-100" – it will ask the court to prohibit their using the platform and order them to pay restitution and damages. The case is Twitch Interactive, Inc v John and Jane Does 1 through 100, 3:19-cv-03418, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco). Source
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