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Ludwig banned from YouTube after just three days


Uh, new record? (pic: YouTube)

The former Twitch superstar’s new YouTube career has almost immediately hit a roadblock as he’s been suspended from streaming.

It was already a shocking development to learn that Ludwig, one of Twitch’s biggest streamers, was leaving the platform to stream exclusively for YouTube. What’s possibly more shocking is, less than three days into his new career, he’s been hit with a suspension.

His YouTube channel hasn’t been taken down, but he is currently suspended from streaming. During his December 2 stream, both he and his fans were blindsided when the stream was abruptly cut short for what was only described as policy violations. The stream itself remains unavailable for viewing.

So, what did Ludwig do to prompt YouTube’s decision to suspend its new hire? If you already guessed music copyright violation then you’re right on the money.

Ludwig inadvertently violated YouTube’s DMCA policy by playing the song Baby Shark by Pinkfong – the most watched YouTube video of all time, with over 9 billion views.

Ludwig played the video for a few seconds during the stream and that was enough for YouTube to hit him with the ban hammer.

According to Ludwig himself, in a video on his secondary channel, he took the situation in his stride and even describe it as ‘kind of funny,’ although he adds that he ‘won’t dare listen to another second’ of Baby Shark and points out it’s crazy how this happened when he was never banned once on Twitch.

‘I’m pretty sure the corporate overlords that own Baby Shark have like an iron fist on YouTube,’ he adds, saying he thought that YouTube’s system would simply remove the stream’s monetisation, rather than outright suspend him for it.

Ludwig is confident that the suspension won’t last long and he’ll be back to streaming as early as this Saturday, promising YouTube that he’ll be good from now on.

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