It looks like Twitch’s “TV Meta” still has a lot to develop as they still struggle in handling DMCA takedowns.
Taiwanese-Canadian streamer Jeremy Wang, better known as Disguised Toast, was banned from Twitch for watching “Death Note,” a 37-episode anime which ran from October 2006 to June 2007 licensed by Viz Media, on Monday, January 10th.
Numerous viewers have presumed that this would be a short ban, following Imane Anysa, better known as Pokimane, being briefly banned for 48 hours for doing the same act. However, they were proven wrong as this could possibly extend into a month, as per a latest tweet from Disguised Toast.
The tweet read: “welp, looks like i’ll be seeing you guys in a month.”
It seems that the reason behind the suspension was because Disguised Toast viewed “hours and hours” of the anime with no additional commentary on his end. Within Twitch, this has been called “TV Meta,” in which starting or well-known streamers watch, react, and add their commentary to a film and television while on live on their channels.
Everyone is hopping on this trend in Twitch, from Pokimane to xQc (Félix Lengyel). xQc has been reportedly streaming “Hunter x Hunter,” by Viz Media, without suspension from the management. At least, not yet.
Some of the widely known streamers, Hasanabi (Hasan Piker), Ludwig (Ludwig Ahgren), and Sodapoppin (Thomas Morris) have given out precaution about Twitch’s new meta, which is paramount to DMCA takedowns, similar to the way music was just a few years back.
Even so, streamers around the world still take their chances in watching movies and TV live with thousands to millions of followers viewing on the platform.
The matter in question is sensible. Streamers do not own the rights to the videos and films they’re showing live, so practically this is against the program’s rules. One must “transform” a content before it falls under fair use, and the platform doesn’t often interpret commentary as transformative.
Video games are of different circumstances. Streamers are not only giving out their commentaries but also no other person experiences the same exact situation as them seeing as how the characters in the video games are individually controlled by the one who’s streaming.
Nevertheless, these unfortunate happenings are a result of Twitch’s delinquency to impose standard rules across the board.