Tencent has issued a “copyright strike” on all Dota 2 and World of Warcraft videos on the Chinese version of TikTok, douyin. All videos that contained Dota 2/ WoW clips in them were taken down by TikTok as a result of this copyright strike.
Tencent Issues A Copyright Strike On Dota 2/Wow Videos On Chinese TikTok
After a number of videos that contained fragments of Dota 2 and World of Warcraft were removed from the Chinese TikTok app, TikTok issued a statement explaining the reason behind it. TikTok firstly confirmed that the videos were indeed taken down because of a copyright strike by Tencent. They further stated that since 2019, Tencent had declared that videos that contained scenes from Tencent-owned games were also a property of Tencent. TikTok communicated that they did not agree with this policy but they had to obey what the law stated. A thread regarding this issue was formed by a user named as u/qwer4790 on Reddit.
TikTok also stated that some videos, visibly those from Dota 2 and WoW as these two games are not owned by Tencent, were taken down wrongly and they were making amends to restore them. So, Tencent intentionally or unintentionally took down the videos showing glimpses of games they do not have any right over. Various users tried to figure out the potential reason behind this incorrect ban.
Copyright problems have been on the rise as Twitch users have been punished heavily in recent times for music-related infringements. Streamers with a massive viewer base have had to delete hundreds of VODs, clips, mainly because of copyright music being played in the background. Twitch had recently released a public statement explaining the issue of DMCA and how streamers could prevent it. But streamers have continued to find it extremely hard to find copyright-free music that keeps them as well as their audience engaged and entertained.