Explain Plagiarism to Streamers
DMCA Strikes could be avoided if plagiarism was better explained to streamers.
According to Stephanie Morrow, in her article "Plagiarism: What is it, Exactly?": Plagiarism is a confusing subject, and can often occur without the artist knowing it until it is too late.
If you use another person's work and do not attribute that work to the author, including copying text verbatim, paraphrasing a phrase or summarizing an idea, [or playing a song in the background of your stream], you are essentially committing plagiarism. Plagiarism usually occurs when a writer fails to:
- cite quotes or ideas written by another author;
- enclose the direct text in quotes; or
- put summaries and/or paraphrases in his or her own words.
In the case of streaming, by playing another artist's song in the background, the streamer is making money off of someone else's work. By citing the source in the video subscription and/or telling their audience the name of the song, who sang it, and where they can find it will decrease the likelihood of them receiving a DMCA takedown order. And, if they do get a DMCA strike, they'll have a way to fight it.
Why would someone buy the song(s) when they can watch the streamer play it for free?
It all comes down to money; if the original artist is making money too, they'll be happy.