Twitch Reportedly Files Lawsuit Against Twitch Artifact Meme Streamers

In recent news, reports have gone up that Twitch has filed a suit against a list of “unknown Twitch streamers.” For context, these Twitch streamers happen to be the ones who posted spicy memes on “Artifact” sub-category sometime during late May 2019.

We reported last month on the spicy skyjacker incident where moderation of the Artifact Twitch channel was sparse allowing for any and everyone to start streaming things like the Christchurch, New Zealand shooting, and movies on the channel for the dead game.

Well, as of today, publication site PCGamer (archive.is) reports that the suit names “John and Jane Does 1-100” the defendants, and that Twitch is suing those who participated in the act for copyright infringement, breach of contract, trespass, and fraud with the company stating:

“The safety of Twitch’s community is its top priority. For this reason, Twitch forbids obscene material as well as material depicting violence and threats. Its Terms of Service prohibit users from creating, uploading, or streaming any content that is unlawful, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, harassing, threatening, abusive, or otherwise objectionable.

 

Beginning on or about May 25, 2019, Defendants flooded the Twitch.tv directory for the game Artifact with dozens of videos that violated Twitch’s policies and terms. This included, for example, a video of the March 2019 Christchurch mosque attack, hard core pornography, copyrighted movies and television shows, and racist and misogynistic videos … Twitch took down the posts and banned the offending accounts, but the offensive video streams quickly reappeared using new accounts. It appears that Defendants use automated methods to create accounts and disseminate offensive material as well as to thwart Twitch’s safety mechanisms.”

PCGamer elaborates further on the situation that some “users” were so offended by the Artifact spicy moment(s) that they stopped going to the site (Twitch) altogether, forcing the company to take “the extremely disruptive step” to prevent new accounts from doing any streaming:

“The lawsuit goes on to state that Twitch users who ran across the offending content unintentionally “were understandably upset,” and some users “stopped or reduced” their use of Twitch as a result. Twitch was ultimately forced to take “the extremely disruptive step” of preventing new accounts from doing any streaming at all.”

Website Bloomberg (archive.is) reports that Twitch is so unhappy with the spicy skyjackers that they want to prohibit them from using the platform and order them to pay for damages:

“The company said that if it learns the identities of the anonymous streamers who have abused its terms of service — named in the lawsuit as “John and Jane Does 1-100” — it will ask the court to prohibit them from using the platform and order them to pay restitution and damages.”

Lastly, YouTuber Lawful Masses with Leonard French says that subpoenas will go out to Discord and Google and Weebly and anybody else they find along the way to identify John Doe one and two to one hundred:

(Header image courtesy of r/Artifact)

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