Twitch streamers playing background music have been hit by DMCA removal notices for using copyrighted songs. Some of these clips were published many years ago. If you manually disable all clips, you can protect yourself from potential flags in the future.
The company has not yet created a tool to remove all selected clips with a single click. Therefore, streamers with a large library of saved clips risk being repeatedly flagged or even banned. Twitch has recommended streamers who feel that they may risk removing all clips from their channels.
How to remove old jerky clips
If you are interested in clearing old clips from your Twitch channel, log in to your Twitch account, click on your username at the top right and then select “Creator Dashboard”; from the drop-down menu.
Select “Content” from the menu on the left (located above the “Settings” menu) and then click “Cut.”
This lists all the clips you have made on your Twitch channel, as well as all you have created from your stream or someone else’s.
To the right, under “List View”, select the radio button next to “Cut My Channel.” This filters out all clips that were not made by your channel.
To select and delete all of these, select the check box next to “Info” and then click “Delete Selected”.
All clips you have selected will be deleted.
How to disable the creation of new clips
To disable the creation of new clips for good, log in to your Twitch account and navigate to the Creator Dashboard (mentioned above). Select “Channel” under the “Preferences” drop-down menu.
On the “Settings” tab, you will find your power key. Here you can edit permissions and make changes to your profile picture or banner along with other editing options.
Under “Power key and settings” you will see the option “Activate clips” from your power. It will turn gray if clips are already disabled. If not, however, just turn off the slider. This prevents you or anyone else from creating new clips from your streams or previous broadcasts.
Note that this will not clear old clips that you have saved on your Twitch channel; it only prevents new clips from being made.
You can also disable Twitch from storing your previous broadcasts by turning off the “Store Past Broadcast” option.
Disabling clips on Twitch prevents viewers from creating clips from your content. While this removes an opportunity to engage with your channel, it can protect you from potential copyright infringement.
If you are concerned about the changes that Twitch has made to the Copyright Inspectorate and you play music on your streams regularly, this is a precaution you should take.