Well here we go again: another live stream killed by overzealous, negligent, and ultimately abusive application of the DMCA.
Tonight’s UMG Gaming COD tournament was unexpectedly cut short, with viewers now seeing the following page:
What’s so much worse about this specific case is that all proceeds were supposed to go to the Children’s Miracle Network.
Since it went down, Twitch and the event organizers have been scrambling to get things back running:
We’re currently working with all involved parties to see what we can do for @UMGEvents. We’ll have news for you all as soon as possible.
— Twitch (@TwitchTV) October 19, 2013
But what’s more telling is this now-deleted tweet from @TwitchTVSupport:
So it looks like, as with the Hugo Awards, legal* non-infringing** *content was removed by a 3rd party that had been given access to a content site in order to directly enforce its copyrights.
Does anyone else see a problem with this? The people deciding what is and isn’t legal are the same people who are financially incentivized to view all usage as unauthorized.
Unfortunately, this is the system we have in place: shoot first and ask questions later. In this case, it just happens that they were shooting at sick children.
So how about this: whichever “3rd party” did this “mistakenly” gets to make good with a very, very large donation to Children’s Miracle Network.
Because seriously, fuck you.
Post-script: The stream was apparently restored 2+ hours after it was taken down. For most broadcasts, this would be long enough for a total loss. Think there will be consequences for whoever issued the takedown, as Twitch’s own policies warn against? I ain’t holding my breath.
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