Dota 2: Valve claims exclusive rights over DMCA video takedowns

Valve has issued a statement to claim exclusive authority of DMCA takedowns of Dota 2 video content, siding with the community amidst a outbreak of confusion within the community.

Fans of Dota 2 had been had odds with ESL policy after the tournament organizers recently announced that it sold its exclusive broadcasting rights to Facebook on Jan. 18; with many fans finding the Facebook live player making access to ESL Dota 2 content difficult in comparison to Twitch, many Twitch streamers simply opted broadcasting it from their own channels.

This in turn let to many streamers, including Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg and Brian “BananaSlamJamma” Canavan, being hit with DMCA requests for broadcasting ESL One Genting content using the DotaTV in-game feature, enraging the Dota 2 community as they weighed in on whether ESL had the right to issue DMCA takedowns.

Valve has since weighed in, and according to its statement the game developer bluntly said that other than themselves no other organizations had no authority to issue the DMCA notices for streams like AdmiralBulldog and BananaSlamJamma’s, while also making it clear who are allowed be broadcasting off of DotaTV.

“No one besides Valve is allowed to send DMCA notices for games streamed off of DotaTV that aren’t using the broadcasters’ unique content (camera movements, voice, etc),” Valve said.

“The second issue is regarding who is permitted to cast off of DotaTV. We designed the DotaTV guidelines to be flexible in order to allow for up and coming casters, or community figures like BSJ or Bulldog that occasionally watch tournament games on their channel, to be able to stream off of DotaTV. It is not to allow commercial organizations like [Beyond The Summit] to compete with the primary stream. It’ll be our judgment alone on who violates this guideline and not any other third party’s.”

Still, how Valve would “interpret and enforce its guidelines” hasn’t been made clear, and there may be more development in this saga as ESL continue to host its events in 2018.

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