OfflineTV member, Disguised Toast, receives DMCA noticed for watching Death Note on Twitch livestream and gets banned for 1 month.
Twitch has banned popular variety streamer Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang for 1 whole month after he watched the anime Death Note on stream. The ban went into effect at around 11 p.m. local time on Monday, US time.
Disguised Toast, a Taiwanese-Canadian YouTuber and Twitch streamer, is a member of the OfflineTV group, which is part of Pokimane’s multi-million dollar multimedia empire, was banned for a DMCA violation. He is the second member from the group to be banned just this week.
The OfflineTV group, often stylised as OTV, consists of many famous influencers such as Scarra, LilyPichu. Michael Stevens and even Pokimane herself.
Wtf do you streamers expect? I have distinct memories of watching movies of a kid and at the start of each movie it had an explicit warning that illegally distributing the content could result in a fine of up to $250,000. Twitch doesn't want a lawsuit and I doubt you do either.— Crypto Buddy (@Beer_Buddie) January 11, 2022
Earlier this week Disguised Toast’s colleague, Pokimane, also received a 48-hour ban for violating copyright laws after she streamed 10 hours (30 episodes) of Avatar: The Last Airbender. However, unlike his friend and housemate –Pokimane, Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang was not fortunate enough to receive a light-handed sentence.
It was only moments ago that Disguised Toast verified that Twitch had banned him for a total of one month, which is a significantly harsher sentence than the one handed down to Pokimane for an identical offence.
In the words of Disguised Toast, he had nearly finished streaming every episode of the Death Note anime and just had 20 minutes left until the series’ conclusion.
HasanAbi, a fellow Twitch streamer who received a ban for the same violation, was shocked that Disguised Toast received such a lengthy ban.
“One month?” HasanAbi tweeted.
Earlier this month, Twitch determined that HasanAbi’s DMCA notices were not legitimate and withdrew the copyright strike off his channel and reinstated the video of him binge-watching Master Chef for 10 hours.
One viewer slammed the group for the “react/reaction meta” saying, “What do you streamers expect? I have distinct memories of watching movies of me as a kid and at the start of each movie it had an explicit warning that illegally distributing the content could result in a fine of up to $250,000. Twitch doesn’t want a lawsuit and I doubt you do either.”
The “react meta” is a Twitch phase during which a huge number of high-profile streamers (currently Pokimane, xQc, Mizkif binge watch and ostensibly react to shows for content. This “react/reaction” meta has been criticised by many in the community as a lazy approach to earn money, taking advantage of Twitch’s lax copyright policies, and exploiting the fans.
“You’re poking a big hecking bear and expecting it to lie still […] you think the music industry has the power to mess things up and screw you over with DMCA claims and all that? The movie industry has 100 times the power and 1 million times the resources,” one critic remarked.
Some believe that the flagrant abuse of Twitch’s deficient copyright infrastructure may find Twitch in really hot water, with site-wide ramifications.