German authority rules that streamers require a 10,000€ broadcasting license

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German authority Landesmedienanstalt has temporarily ruled that Twitch streamers will need to purchase an expensive license to stream video on the site. Because of outdated laws, streaming is lumped under the same category as a television or radio broadcaster. 

It’ll be expensive for German streamers to show off our list of the best games of 2016 on Twitch. 

The temporary law means streamers require a Rundfunklizenz (broadcasting license) that can cost between 1000€-10,000€. The amount varies by audience size and a few other factors. Essentially, the bigger the streamer, the bigger the cost. 

Not only does this potentially mean streamers need to fork out, but they will also have to abide by other regulations. Some content could be banned before 10pm, much like the 9pm broadcasting watershed for television here in the UK.

Those who don’t follow the rules will be classed as a pirate station and subject to penalties.

Fortunately for streamers, the Landesmedienanstalt admit they need to revise the laws, as they weren’t created with these new broadcasting methods in mind. For now, the ruling has been put in place as not to set a precedent for TV and radio to ditch fees.

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5 Months ago

lamest source of entertainment anyways

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5 Months ago

if people have to pay for license to run a PC repair business from home or a mechanic shop...you should pay for a broadcasting license since they claim it is SO a job.

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nu1mlock Avatar
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5 Months ago

Do you have to pay a license to repair PC's? I'm assuming you're not talking about paying taxes, because streamers have to do that as well and has nothing to do with licenses.

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5 Months ago

you need a license for any profetion that you make a living out of, mechanic, pc repair, air conditioner repair you name it. You even need a license for marrige. That's USA man. don't agree then you live in your own world. nice talking 2U

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CygnusBlack Avatar
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5 Months ago

YouTube Gaming will fix it.

Oh wait... I guess it doesn't work in Germany.

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5 Months ago

Hi from Germany (please excuse my bad english),

i'm writing here because i noticed this story is swapping over to the US. There are some things which could it make less worse. For example: You only need the license if the stream can theoretically reach 500 viewers. If Twitch implements an option to limit the stream to a maximum of 499 concurrent viewers, it wouldn't affect smaller streamers at all.

Also it is the first time ever a streamer actually got an letter because of that. But it is nothing new. By law everyone needs this license since before the internet was a thing (it is an old and outdated law, which was made for serveral (good) reasons).

There is also already a german channel (rocketbeanstv, they are streaming on youtube) who got this license from early on. That was 2 years ago, afair. And many people where a bit upset that they invested a lot of money (donations) to get it. But not many people remember about that, as it seems.

Actually it isn't that bad, in my opinion. As said, if Twitch reacts to that, small streamers don't have a problem. An most big Streamers should be able to pay for that.

The good thing is, that they have to use their screen-time responsibly. And they can lose their license if they do f*cked up things on their stream.

Also there are actually people watching the stream to check if they are eligible to get this license. Which makes it so expensive.

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5 Months ago

I think it would have been worth mentioning that the channel in question is streaming 24/7.

Obviously the established media will try to use this to cement their monopoly and push newcomers out if it isn't revised, but it's not like this was some random dude who only streams every now and then.

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5 Months ago

A possible workaround for streamers with >50 followers is to get his non strraming friends to host his channel and just ask a few followes to unfollow his channel and follow his friends ibsted this way he stays under 500 abd dos not need thelicence if i understand the article correctly

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