Twitch has been on a DMCA takedown spree and the community is livid about the response being “Just mute the game you’re playing.” With Fuser featuring so many popular songs, some have been worried about how that will factor in amidst the ongoing takedown notices. Luckily, the team behind the game has outlined what streamers can do to avoid getting that dreaded notice.
How to avoid DMCA takedowns while playing Fuser
While Twitch leadership continues to issue apologies to the Twitch community with no real course of correction, Harmonix is making sure to outline how content creators can protect their content while playing the new Fuser game.
The DJ-centric musical game features a ton of incredible songs to take part in. Due to the nature of some of the songs, there are a few key notes creators need to keep in mind while streaming this game. The first being that any streams containing Fuser gameplay cannot be monetized for those looking to avoid getting swept up in DMCA notices. Both the initial stream and shared clips cannot be monetized.
According to Harmonix, here is what Fuser streamers should keep in mind to make sure that the Twitch platform does not tamper with created content:
- Any gameplay featuring music from the game should be direct screen capture, no out-of-context music from gameplay should be used.
- Fuser gameplay should be the complete focus of streaming Fuser, versus having the gameplay in the background to make the music itself the focus.
- Fuser streams should be “clean and friendly,” meaning no defamation, obscene content, hateful, harassing, racially offensive, and other similar inappropriate actions mid-stream.
- No co-branding or cross-promotion, meaning that streamers streaming this game should not promote or advertise anything other than Fuser while streaming this game.
- This includes those streamers that are sponsored with contracts stating sponsorship mentions during every stream.
- Archived content should only be utilized on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
It’s important to remember that though those guidelines may seem extreme, that is in response to Twitch’s unclear guidelines. The team knows how restrictive the above guidelines are and added “We will update these guidelines for other social media platforms as situations evolve.”
Twitch CEO Emmett Shear promises that the company is looking to be smarter in how they handle content strikes versus the rampant AI that is deleting content wrongfully (copyright free music, ambient game sounds, etc).