Your platform doesn't control my life and DMCA should not control your platform
First off Twitch, you are very wrong if you think that I or many other affiliate streamers who receive zero exposure from your algorithms are worried about DMCA. Maybe the big streamers are more easily influenced by their contractual obligations, but not the rest of the community who make no profit or gain by streaming on your platform.
Secondly, let's start off with a little about the music industry and licensing itself. As a founder and operator of an online radio station, I have paid alone in licensing/royalties over 8 years close to $10,000. I am a firm believer that musicians and songwriters should be paid. Sadly enough, only a very tiny percentage of that money paid in to licensing gets to the songwriters and musicians. Ask any musician in Nashville trying to break into the industry and they will tell you they make less than $2/month. Why is licensing a radio station important? If you are using someone else's music for a profit or gain, it's very important to have a license and pay royalties. The more profit you make, the more royalties you pay. This is how to avoid copyright infringement and to be fair. I'm stating some of the obvious here for a reason. The Twitch Streaming platform is a bit different from a radio station. The platform is not a radio station itself. The content on Twitch varies majorly, from artwork to gaming, to IRL Chat, to DJs playing music. Your email had an interesting bit of information that over 99% of the notifications were for music in the background playing. Why is that? This should be a clear indicator while there are some streamers that play music/DJ/compose as part of their stream, most streamers do not focus on music as the centerpiece of their streams for profit hence 99% "in the background". When you watch streams and see subs and donations, the comments associated with the subs and donations say it all. They go to the streamer for THEIR time and content, whether it be painting pictures, playing their viewers favorite game, etc. The background music has no relevance in their success and profitability. The whole point of DMCA was to combat copyright infringement, the process of taking someone else's work and using it for profit or gain. Why are YOU TWITCH worried about DMCA? Do you think we are dumb to believe that "you were surprised" that this sudden increase in May had anything to do with Covid and the move from real world to virtual and increase in streaming?
Third, while other platforms saw a significant increase during Covid-19, your viewership while having a short incline is now falling for most streamers. You've lost streamers to other platforms. Don't think we streamers and viewers did not see this. Your platform is simply becoming less beneficial to most people whether streamers or viewers. Your insistent forcing of commercials by spending time, money, and resources to thwart viewers ad-blocking technology is driving your viewers away but you don't even bother to stop the constant harassing of bots in our chatrooms begging us to buy follows for our channels. When the viewers go away, so does the revenue for the bigger streamers. The bigger streamers then move to another platform. You also consistently ban hard working streamers with double standards in your rules, allowing other streamers who break the same rules a 2nd, a 3rd, and a 5th chance. You appoint a board with members who have serious mental issues. So again, tell me why you think we are worrying again?
You may want to rethink your strategy and work hard to secure an agreement with the labels and entities filing DMCA takedowns to lay off the 99% of the streamers not profiting from music in their streams, or there will be legal action against the PROs and entities who only pay a majority of starving musicians less than $2/month in the billions of dollars royalties they [record labels and any other entity filing DMCA takedowns] collect. Don't believe me?? Ask any starving musician in Nashville.
Twitch, you better figure out which side of the fence you want to be on because this is going to end badly for someone, and it won't be the streamers. That's not an idea. That's a promise.
[Edit: "they" = the record labels and organizations filing the DMCA takedowns]