The video was also made up of clips from xQc's Twitch, so it's possible that his Twitter feed was somehow tracked down from there. All xQc had to do to get his account unlocked was review Twitter's copyright policy, but his brief suspension may set a precedent for other supposed violations on Twitter thanks to the DMCA. Following comments xQc made about charity streams, several top streamers got into a back-and-forth on Twitter. Twitch streamer Felix 'xQc' Lengyel has once again found himself banned from the NoPixel GTA Online RP server. The ban will last 30 days, but it seems that the streamer may not return to the game.
Controversial streamer xQc might be used to getting bans and suspensions after receiving his fair share from Twitch and gaming leagues, but now he can add Twitter to the list — and for a very peculiar reason.
On Dec. 28, xQc was locked out of his Twitter account after receiving a notice from the site that he had violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The streamer claimed that the offense came from a clip he posted of his own stream that was over a year old. 'Wonderful and well [thought] out system!!' xQc sarcastically wrote in his standard use of all caps. 'Next stop? Jail!'
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The tweet's ending remark referred to the recent passing of a new law which cracks down on copyright infringement, which was tacked onto the U.S. stimulus bill. The CASE Act was created to inflict harsher punishments on copyright violators, including high fines and possible jail time. While we don't know for certain why xQc's clip was tagged for suspension, the issue of using copyrighted material such as songs and sound effects has been a blight for content creators online as the DMCA has become more and more vigilant.
The DMCA was passed in 1998 as a collaboration of industry corporations and legislators in order to control trademarked material in the beginning days of the internet, when sharing music and video files was becoming a common practice. Now that sites like YouTube and Twitch have become vastly more popular, creators are seeing a rise in notices that attempt to shut down any possible infringement, such as playing a popular song while streaming. Sites like Twitch (and now, apparently, Twitter) would rather not get into legal battles with big companies over copyright violations, and it's the creators who are receiving the repercussions.
While Twitch made an attempt to assist streamers to protect themselves against DMCA takedowns via a blog post made in October, there have still been a number of issues pertaining to creators getting suspended or banned from the platform, sometimes thanks to older videos. xQc may have been a victim of circumstance, it seems, since he claimed that the clip in question was over a year old. The video was also made up of clips from xQc's Twitch, so it's possible that his Twitter feed was somehow tracked down from there.
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Pokimane and xQc revealed last night that their Twitter accounts were locked in response to false DMCA claims. Toast 9 titanium.
Both streamers claimed that the content they were punished for was owned by them. The clip that locked xQc’s account came from his own stream, according to the former Overwatch League pro. Pokimane said her account was locked for a TikTok she made to the song “Say So” and a tweet that said “I love girls.”
Both cases appear to be, at least on the surface, examples of DMCA takedown abuse. People who don’t own the copyright on the content were seemingly able to file complaints and have Twitter take disciplinary action against aboveboard creators. This is concerning since it indicates that Twitter may not be doing its due diligence to protect creators on the platform from unjustified copyright harassment.
DMCA stands for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The DMCA is a U.S. law that was created in 1998 that attempts to address copyright infringement online. A key aspect of the DMCA is that platforms like Twitter, YouTube, or Twitch have limited liability for copyright infringement on their sites as long as they set up systems to enforce copyright laws. This is where DMCA claims come in.
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DMCA claims are supposed to protect the correct owner of copyrighted material by giving them the ability to file a takedown notice when someone steals their content. But if those complaints aren’t properly vetted by the platform, DMCA claims can be heavily abused. Bogus copyright claims have been an ongoing issue on user-generated content platforms like YouTube and Twitch for a while now.
YouTube has faced criticism for its automated copyright system and its appeal process. Many creators over the past few years have reported being demonetized or receiving copyright strikes on their videos even though they didn’t violate anyone’s copyrighted materials. In some cases, the abuse is resolved. But in other cases, creators are unduly punished despite not violating anyone else’s intellectual property rights.
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Twitch has also recently come under fire over their handling of the DMCA. The company failed to enforce content restrictions for years but suddenly started enforcing DMCA in 2020 with little warning. Many creators were forced to delete their entire library of videos due to the presence of copyrighted music and felt blindsided by Twitch after the site gave them few options for culling their library of copyrighted content beyond blanket deleting their libraries.
Now it appears that the false DMCA issue that YouTube has been dealing with may be coming to Twitter. Despite being two huge, verified creators on Twitter, xQc and Pokimane weren’t safe from bogus claims. If instances of DMCA abuse become widespread on the platform, Twitter will have to address the issues with their claim process to protect creators from being harassed by copyright trolls.
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