Cast is committed to supporting creators, so it’s important that you respect other creators’ rights in the content you stream and share on your channel.
Cast is committed to supporting creators, so it’s important that you respect other creators’ rights in the content you stream and share on your channel. If you use another person’s copyrighted work in your content, they can send a takedown notification. It is our policy to act on those notifications under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and similar laws worldwide. It is also our policy to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers–i.e., people who on multiple occasions have been accused of infringing the rights of others.
A copyright is a type of intellectual property that gives its owner exclusive rights to certain uses of their creative work. In other words, it protects a person’s original, creative expression–in literature, art, education, or music–from being used by others without their permission. Copyrights are created every day by songwriters, recording artists, authors, visual artists, video producers and other creators just like you. In fact, every time you create a recording of your live stream, you’re likely creating a new copyrighted work.
A couple of things to note about copyrights. First, the law distinguishes between different “uses” of copyrights. This means the rights that you need to secure for copyrighted material in your live broadcast may be different than the rights needed for the same material in your recorded content (e.g. Clips). Finally, copyrights last a long time; actions you took many years ago can still infringe a copyright owner’s rights today. To put it simply: if you do not have the rights to use a copyrighted work, you should not use it in your stream–and if you are not sure if you have the rights, you probably don’t.
We recommend you take the time to read Cast’s DMCA Guidelines, Community Guidelines, Music Guidelines, and Terms of Service. At first glance, it may seem like a lot of words about challenging concepts, but in reality, they offer more detail on what is and is not allowed on stream so that you can make informed decisions about the content you share on your channel.
If there is copyrighted material in the content shared on your channel–and you have not received explicit permission to use that material from the rights holder–you are at risk of receiving a DMCA takedown notification. This includes music, art, sports broadcasts, TV shows, or any other copyrighted material. You should also consider whether the rights holder has given you permission to include copyrighted material in your channel, and under what terms–for example, you may be authorized to broadcast a MLF tournament, but only if you follow the rules of the MLF tournament.
If Cast detects copyrighted audio, we will automatically mute that portion of the video (please note muting is not a DMCA strike). If copyrighted audio is identified in any of your Clips, we will automatically delete those Clips. That being said, like all technology, we can not guarantee that this will happen in all cases. It is also not a substitute for you following the rules. Be sure you are respecting the rights of others, you should not play recorded music on your stream that you don’t have the rights to. You can guard against receiving DMCA takedown notifications for content stored on your channel by reviewing all of the content in your videos and removing any content in question. We also recommend using royalty free music. There are many royalty free music and sound websites that you can use, like Bensound.com.
We respect the rights of copyright owners and process all DMCA notifications we receive in an expeditious manner. We also respect your rights as a creator, and maintain a policy that empowers you to take action against wrongful allegations of copyright infringement by sending a counter-notification or by asking the copyright holder to retract their claim.