Content creators must follow the policies of their chosen platform. Stream Lawyer has information for broadcasters on the most common platforms, including:

Twitch

All Twitch streamers must agree to the Terms of Service before broadcasting, and Twitch Affiliates and Partners are additionally bound by contracts.

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Youtube

YouTubers who upload videos must follow the Terms of Service, and livestreamers who use the YouTube Live platform have additional restrictions to follow.

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Facebook

Facebook has negotiated deals to help support livestreamers on its platform, but they must adhere to specific guidelines to be able to broadcast.

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Streamers both in and out of the United States are subject to its laws if they are using a platform located in the US, and understanding these laws will help avoid fines, account terminations, lawsuits, or even jail time.

Copyright and DMCA

Playing music, drawing fan art, performing covers, playing games — activities you live stream may increase your risk of DMCA takedowns or even a copyright infringement lawsuit. Understanding the limits of your rights, the applications of Fair Use, and the policies of the platforms you broadcast on will help you better protect yourself.

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Contracts and Sponsorships

If you are earning money from your stream, you have probably signed one or more contracts with your broadcasting platform. If sponsorships come your way, you may have many contracts to review. Understand a document completely before signing it, because agreements that you make are legally binding.

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Business Considerations

If you stream seriously, you probably already have a type of business called a sole proprietorship whether you intended to or not. But whether you broadcast as a business or hobby, there are many legal regulations you must follow. Paying taxes correctly and operating giveaways legally are just the beginning. Streamers who are minors have additional considerations.

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Criminal Laws

Most mistakes a streamer make are matters of civil law, meaning they might be sued and required to pay money. However, there are some times that criminal laws might be involved, resulting in fines or even jail time. Swatting and doxxing are among the most common times the police may become involved with a live stream.

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