In 2020, the Sauron-like eye of the music industry turned its gaze upon Twitch and fired a beam of DMCA takedown notices at its users, hitting thousands of archived streams that contained copyrighted music. Twitch was caught off guard, and wasn’t able to offer good ways for streamers to review rights claims, manage old clips, or issue counter-claims. The result was a wave of vague warning emails, mass VOD removals, and panic among streamers. 

Twitch apologized for the mess and said it would introduce new tools for streamers to make it easier for them to manage their old streams and avoid copyright issues. Some of those tools have arrived today. Here’s what Twitch just added:

  • On top of being delivered by email, DMCA notices now appear in the My Channel inbox on Twitch.
  • The Video Producer page now includes a tally of a channel’s copyright strikes.
  • VODs can now be deleted or unpublished in batches as large as 20.
  • A channel’s entire VOD library can now be deleted or unpublished in one click.
  • VODs can now be viewed on the Video Producer page, even if they’re unpublished.

Twitch plans to introduce more copyright-related features throughout the year, and has posted a roadmap and FAQ about DMCA claims. Upcoming features include multi-track audio support in Twitch Studio, a way to review flagged VODs from within the Creator Dashboard, a method for sorting and deleting Clips by game, date, or view count, and the ability to submit counter-notifications from the Dashboard. (Currently, counter-notifications must be sent to Twitch in an email that conforms to a set of legal guidelines.)

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The full feature set will be complete by the end of the year barring any delay, and looks like a major improvement over what was available to Twitch streamers last year, when many had to manually scour ancient VODs for infringement or delete all of them.

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