Last month, developer Campo Santo issued a DMCA takedown request to YouTuber PewDiePie following a controversial livestream. But where do you stand legally if you wanted to do the same? Develop asked partner Carolyn Pepper and associate Roch Glowacki from legal practice Reed Smith to explain what you, as a developer, can do.

As with traditional athletes, e-sports competitors and amateur gamers can, in the heat of the moment, make unacceptable comments, the recent PewDiePie incident being an example. This has triggered a debate around the deployment of takedown notices. As live gaming enters the mainstream, should you issue ‘red cards’ for copyright infringements to players on the virtual pitch, court or arena and what are the consequences of doing so?

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