xQc ready to take Olympic Committee to court over Twitch suspension
Twitch streamer Felix “xQc” Lengyel is willing to take The Olympic Committee to court over his latest suspension.
After getting his Twitch channel suspended for the fourth time in his career, xQc has decided to push back against those responsible for his suspension. His latest infraction involves him streaming highlights videos from the Olympics. As a result, The Olympic Committee issued a copyright strike on his stream. Twitch acknowledged The Olympic Committee’s claim, which then resulted to xQc’s ban.
However, the Twitch streamer, most popularly known for his GTA RP antics, decided not to take this sitting down. He felt that the suspension meted to him was excessive. While most DMCA claims led to at most a 24-hour suspension, his lasted for two days. “I talked to my team,” xQc says on stream, “and was like, ‘Can you do anything about this? Two days sounds like a crazy amount of time for this.” Other streamers, such as Asmongold, agree that the ban has been excessive – although his gripe is on DMCA itself.
After some deliberation, xQc decided to file a counter-claim against the DMCA complaint. “This is transformative content,” explains Lengyel. “This is fair use…”
Meanwhile, the streamer knows that he might be putting himself into dire waters. He’s aware that the potential court battle coming out of this could cost him millions. “If this escalates,” he says, “it’ll get crazy.” Whether or not xQc will do end up in a court battle against The Olympic Committee, we’ll yet to see. If it does happen, it will surely bring xQc to the forefront of mainstream news, and the streamer may benefit from the exposure. If he does win, it will be a big win for streamers, and might even lead to changes in streaming platforms’ rules.