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Twitch handed out 24-hour suspensions after last night’s Democratic debates


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Last night, Mychal “Trihex” Jefferson was one of three influential gamers banned from Twitch for 24 hours because he live-streamed the second Democratic debate. Although he understands why he was banned, he says he thought providing commentary was fair use — and that he thought it was important to make gamers realize how much politics matter.

Twitch has an ongoing problem with people streaming copyrighted content. Like every other platform, Twitch is subject to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, which was passed in 1998. Essentially, it protects platforms from liability when their users upload copyrighted material, provided they take action to remove the offending content. Fair use, on the other hand, is a legal doctrine…

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