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KSI v Logan Paul: Twitch pirates outnumbered YouTube payers

Amazon’s Twitch is facing criticism after reports that pirated streams of two boxing matches featuring YouTube celebrities that it hosted attracted more viewers than official channels.
At one point, more than one million users were watching coverage of the KSI v Logan Paul and Deji v Jake Paul bouts on Twitch, according to the Verge.
By contrast, YouTube’s pay-to-view stream peaked at about 800,000 viewers.
Twitter’s Periscope also hosted pirated streams, but to a lesser extent.
It is not clear how many people paid to use a special video feed provided as an alternative to YouTube. However, 15,000 tickets were also sold to spectators who attended the event live at Manchester Arena.
Twitch has provided a brief statement.
“Our community guidelines prohibit uploading any content that a person does not own, does not have the rights to, or are otherwise not authorised to use,” it said.
“Doing so violates our terms of service and may make their account liable to DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] takedowns by third-party rights-holders. We were responsive to related reports.”
Twitter has not issued a response.
Creating copies
The amateur celebrity boxing matches had been billed as the “biggest event in internet history” thanks to the popularity and controversy of the British and American fighters involved.
The show cost £7.50 or $10 to legally watch online.
Some users who paid the fee reported experiencing technical problems, which may have spurred them to hunt out pirated versions. But social media posts indicate many more sought out the illegal streams from the start.
Many of the Twitch pirates used fake titles to hide their streams, such as “Free Fortnite skins” and “Playing new UFC game”.

Source: BBC

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