Streamers May Run Into Copyright Issues While Broadcasting Fortnite’s Galactus Event


Twitch streamers hoping to get in on the Fortnite excitement today may be in for a rude awakening. Epic Games has said that it has no way of preventing clips from today’s Galactus event from getting flagged by Twitch’s copyright detection systems.

“For Twitch Creators streaming the Galactus event: Due to a lack of solutions similar to Lickd, we cannot prevent your VOD/clip content from getting flagged by the platform’s copyright detection systems,” a tweet from Epic Games read. “The general recommendation is to either mute your VoDs or turn off VODs/clips entirely to protect yourselves against any kind of claims or strikes as best as possible.”

Copyright claims have become a major issue for Twitch streamers this year. Streamers have been receiving many DMCA notifications for playing recorded music in the background of their streams and have been forced to manually delete old clips that could possibly infringe on copyright. Twitch apologized for its poor response to the issue last month.

There has been a lot of excitement around Fortnite’s Galactus event, so streamers are understandably upset about this news. It also means that we could see some licensed music during the event, although we don’t know what songs. Hypex, a notable Fortnite leaker, said that the copyright issues should only come from a small segment of the event.

“Fun-Fact for streamers: Not the whole event is copyrighted music, just a 20-30 seconds part, and its gonna be so obvious to notice,” they tweeted. “So I suggest you to prepare some hotkey to mute the game audio in OBS!”

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