Running scared of popular opinion…Germany demands that people running small streaming channels on the likes of YouTube obtain broadcasting licences and submit to the associated state censorship

Posted: 15 April, 2017 in EU, Internet, Uncategorized
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Germany flagThe German broadcasting authority, the Landesmedienanstalt , has issued a temporary ruling requiring streamers using services such as Twitch and YouTube to obtain a broadcasting license to avoid penalties. This license, known in German as the Rundfunklizenz , can cost anywhere from 1000 to 10,000 euro to obtain.

The news comes after popular Twitch streaming channel PietSmiet said it was told it will need a license by April 30 if it wants to continue streaming. The changes apply to all online streamers with a very low threshold of 500 or more followers.

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