Just this weekend, Canadian streamer Felix Lengyel, aka xQc, announced that he signed a multi-million dollar deal with streaming platform Kick, making it one of the highest million-dollar deals in history. It hasn’t been more than 3 days and the streamer already had his first warning during his stream this Monday.
Popular streamer xQc received a copyright infringement warning from a Kick staff member while live streaming the 2008 movie “The Dark Knight.” The warning came after xQc had already streamed about half of the movie. Kick staff intervened in xQc’s chat and issued a warning about the potential copyright strike that the streamer could receive.
“Hello there, we would like to notify you that streaming the specific content is in violation of our DMCA policy,” wrote Kick moderator. “Therefore, we kindly ask you to stop your live stream and be aware that we will need to remove the current VOD containing this content.” xQc acknowledged the violation and said, “Fk! Okay, I get it. Oh, st! Makes sense. VOD friends, GGs.” He then ended the stream. While Kick’s moderation policies are generally more lenient, it is important to remember that live-streaming a film can still have serious consequences.
The incident quickly went viral on social media, with many people discussing whether or not Kick should have issued the warning. Some people argued that Kick should have allowed xQc to continue streaming the movie, while others said that the warning was necessary to protect copyright holders.
“Kick is allowing me to try and do things I haven’t been able to before”
Just this Friday, xQc said the above sentence about this change to Kick in a statement given to the New York Times. “I’m extremely excited to take this opportunity and maximize it into new creative and fresh ideas over coming years.”