Disguised Toast Banned From Twitch For Watching Death Note Anime

Disguised Toast Banned From Twitch For Watching Death Note Anime

On Monday, variety streamer Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang was banned from Twitch for watching Death Note, a 2007 Shonen anime licensed by Viz Media. What many hoped was only a short ban, especially after Imane “Pokimane” Anys was suspended for just 48 hours for a similar act, might stretch to an entire month, according to a recent tweet from Disguised Toast.

It seems the ban was because Disguised Toast watched “hours and hours” of anime without adding any of his own commentary. This has been dubbed the “TV Meta” within Twitch, in which streamers big and small watch and react to film and television while live on their channels. Everyone’s doing it, from Pokimane to Félix “xQc” Lengyel, who has reportedly been streaming Viz Media’s Hunter x Hunter without receiving a ban. Not yet, anyway.

We’ve reached out to Disguised Toast for comment and will update if we hear back.

Streamers like Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker, Ludwig “Ludwig” Ahgren, and Thomas “Sodapoppin” Morris have warned about Twitch’s new meta, which is primed for DMCA takedowns in the same way music was just a few years earlier. And yet, people are taking their chances by watching movies and TV live with thousands — if not millions — of their fans on the platform.

Read More: After Massive DMCA Takedown, Twitch Streamers Are Deleting Thousands Of Clips

The issue makes sense. Streamers don’t own the rights to the content they’re streaming, so rebroadcasting it is, theoretically, against the platform’s rules. In order for something to fall under fair use, you must “transform” the content, and Twitch doesn’t always understand commentary as transformative. This is why video games are a little bit different, because you’re not only giving your own commentary, but no streamer’s experience is the exact same as another’s.

Still, what’s happening is indicative of Twitch’s negligence to enforce standards across the board. Many of the platform’s biggest stars are familiar with copyright laws, so purposely streaming copyrighted content is a setup for a ban. But what this “TV Meta” will do in the long run, if Twitch is bothered enough by it , is create stricter rules that will harm the smaller channels chasing the same follower goals and livestreaming numbers as their idols. Because that’s the real problem here: The “TV Meta” is just another way to gain followers, and if Twitch decides to selectively enforce DMCA strikes, then everyone loses, not just the biggest and most visible on the platform.

Comments

  • A lot of comments have been that the Meta came about cause streamers under strain to meet quotas to keep partnership and sponsorship deals find that A) streaming without commentary fills their quota B) If they get a 2 day ban, they get a long weekend break and come back to more viewers, resubscribe and donations which pads their metrics.

    Pokemaine got a lot of publicity, and assume Twitch had a lot of meetings cause of her streamers… to then have Disguised Toast openly publicised he was doing this in response to Pokemaines ban was really stupid cause obviously a rule change had to come soon after a high profile ban.

    A few streamers have been reported to have got nuclear and deleted archived VODS cause of the bans to hide past TV Meta. So this could turn quickly.

  • Using Hasan’s tweets as any sort of “sensible” commentary on the matter is pretty dumb, and you should feel dumber for having read it.

    Unlike my screeds on the culture wars and the globalist thought control plots.

    • Wasn’t sensible commentary, I think that was the point posting it… its barely legible, it speaks to the perception a lot of these streamers think they can operate under. While not in anyway shape or form being legal.

      Like has he ever asked a game creator for permission? Ever? Has he ever read a game publishers streaming terms?

      • While poorly worded it makes perfect sense – fair use is so nebulous and so prohibitively expensive to defend yourself with if things get heated that
        *effectively* whatever a company decides benefits them and what doesn’t decides what will be treated as fair use. Legally speaking video games should be seen differently, but actually aren’t.

        He’s not saying people should have to ask permission to stream games, he’s pointing out how they don’t have to because the big companies know Twitch etc. is beneficial to them, but the moment they feel it isn’t (Viacom, Disney – both notorious for swift DMCAs) they will use DMCAs to protect their financial interests.

        • I am saying, if he recognises its nebulous… why do they act like they are untouchable?

          If anything they should be doing their due diligence and check with copyright holders permission statements before hand.

          Like don’t assume fair use or safe harbour protects you… proactively ask, foster good relationship with publishers and developers. That leads to less risk, more opportunities, better access.

  • Hasan has no fucking clue what he is talking about lol. That’s not at all what fair use is you, dense moron hasan.

    • Funny how everyone is saying this “TV meta” as “Fair Use” when obviously folks have no bloody clue what Fair Use is…

      Fair Use requires a transformative change to the actual material you are using to make it your own… watching a FULL EPISODE whilst going “Oooh!” “Aaaah!” is NOT TRANSFORMATIVE. You are breaking copywrite and it is within full rights of the rights holder to DMCA your ass!

      Reaction Channels realise this years ago hence a huge chunk of the content is just the “Reaction” of the people with small snippets of gameplay/film. Even bloody vTubers understand this…. why do you think any actual “Watch-Along” streams doesn’t actually show the movie/show and instead is just a time stamp so people can “watch along” at the same moment as the streamer!

Show more comments

Log in to comment on this story!