Twitch Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedowns over copyrighted music are once again in the spotlight. Recently, we reported on a tragic tale about how bad the DMCA strikes can get, and how streamers big and small are being handed final warnings or even bans on Twitch. One of the biggest streamers out there, Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff now has to delete VODs due to a DMCA strike, apparently brought on by a Kanye West sound clip used for donations.
NICKMERCS hit with DMCA strike
In the early hours of the morning on 5th November, NICKMERCS revealed on Twitter how he got "smacked with the ole DMCA". The Call of Duty streaming star says he isn't surprised by the DMCA strike, however, and will need to delete his VODs.
While the DMCA strike or possible strike doesn't come as a shock to NICKMERCS, fans might be wondering why this happened to one of their favourite streamers.
Got smacked with the ole DMCA today. Can’t say I’m surprised, lowkey was askin’ for it. No trip to bora bora for your boy unfortunately & everything will have to be deleted tonight. GG’s, sugma, P&L.— FaZe Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) November 5, 2020
TimTheTatman even jumped in to say NICKMERCS should have listened to him, and we do know TimTheTatman has a hilarious workaround to avoid DMCA strikes.
According to NICKMERCS, the DMCA strike is due to a Kanye West sound clip he used for donations on Twitch, all the way back in 2018, replying to TimTheTatman by stating: "you got a time machine to delete my clip with Kanye in it from 2018?".
Pablo, the moderator of FaZe Clan and NICKMERCS' socials, couldn't believe it was still about the Kanye West donation clip. However, NICKMERS replied by stating: "100% what it was - crazy bro. F$%k em".
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Clearly, NICKMERCS is angry as he will now need to delete an unknown number of VODs. At the time of writing, his Twitch and YouTube channels are, thankfully, still going strong.