I still stand by my stance that blaming Twitch and YouTube re: the recent "DMCA Bloodbath" is misguided, when this is literally the mindset of the RIAA.
Twitch gets little sympathy for the current DMCA disaster, but the RIAA (record labels) sees streamers as renegade law breakers making bank from listening to music while people play games for 10 hours. it's just so disconnected from reality https://t.co/7shD6Oi6dM pic.twitter.com/HqTskHVd2m— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) October 26, 2020
But do note that I'm not letting Twitch away scot-free. They've long needed better tools to prevent stuff like this, and they've been caught sleeping when the Music Industry™ decided to take advantage of the pandemic to make a quick buck.
Moreover, an ex-Twitch engineer recently spilled the beans, pointing out that the system Twitch has to handle DMCA takedown requests hasn't seen much change since the Justin.tv days!
Last comments from me on this, I promise (🤞). As the person who built TwitchSupport, I know what it's like to have to be the voice of "issues."— Jason Maestas (@jasonmaestas) November 12, 2020
The Twitch DMCA system was not built for Twitch. This is a JTV relic built to stop pirating of live broadcasts. 1/x https://t.co/KYB54rYKMo
YouTube had to go through the exact same thing many years ago, and as a result has developed a far more robust system than that of Twitch.
Is it perfect? No. Is it transparent? Way more than Twitch, at the very least.
Twitch has been caught sleeping. It's time for them to step up their game, and scramble to put together a more robust system to help deal with DMCA takedowns and music copyrights.
It'll be a long, hard journey, but it's necessary, since many livelihoods are at stake.