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First off today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has announced a new campaign that it hopes will target heavy BitTorrent uploaders.
The plan will begin December 15 and will target uploaders that are in the Netherlands and had been seen in a relevant BitTorrent swarm at least twice with an interval of seven hours. It will be primarily targeted at those sharing Dutch content.
Those caught in that net will receive an “informative warning” either through the ISP directly or from them if the ISP doesn’t wish to cooperate. Those that refuse to comply with the notice may face legal action. The plan is part of a government study into the effectiveness of the process and, if deemed worthy, it may be extended past the initial six-month period.
Next up today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that the head of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has responded to Twitch’s recent blog post about music rights.
The blog post was in response to Twitch’s ongoing battle with the music industry. In that conflict, the record companies recently started sending large volumes of takedown notices to Twitch over unlicensed music being used in streams and Twitch has admitted it was not prepared for the sudden spike and handled it poorly.
Now the NMPA’s head, David Israelite has responded saying that the increase in notices should have been completely predictable and that the licensing of music should pose no challenge for them. According to Israelite, Amazon licenses music for others services, such as Amazon Music, and other companies, such as YouTube, have figured out licensing with a similar product. According to Twitch, negotiations with the music industry are ongoing.
Finally today, Aron Garst at Gamespot reports that Twitch streamers were forced to mute their streams for a time during Fortnite’s recent Galactus event due to Fortnite using the AC/DC song Demon Fire.
The warning came from Fortnite’s creator, Epic Games, when published the notice hours before the event started. It advised streamers to either mute their on-demand videos or simply turn that feature off.
The event featured players launching an assault on Galactus and was popular among streamers wanting to get in on the timed event. However, it ends up being just the latest chapter in Twitch’s ongoing battles with the music industry.