The live stream of Sidemen Charity Match 2023 was hit with a copyright claim by the Premier League. As a result, the match that was telecasted on the YouTube channel of Sidemen on September 9 was deleted after the UK-based group received DMCA notifications. The grounds of the copyright claim by the FA Premier League were that the video contained content related to the league.
After the copyright strike, the live stream became inaccessible on their official YouTube channel, which has more than 19 million subscribers. Not only this, but the viewers who had saved the live stream link also couldn’t access the video. According to a user, after the copyright claim, the screen displayed a message, which read, “The Premier League have copyright struck the Sidemen CHARITY game over the use of West Ham’s stadium…”
While the exact reason behind the copyright claim hasn’t been discovered, the on-demand video was later restored, giving some relief to the fans. There have been speculations that since the venue of the match, the London Stadium is a Premier League-registered venue, it can be one of the reasons behind the claim. However, nothing is confirmed as of now.
Notably, the Charity Match 2023 was a huge success, and the game raised approximately USD 2.1 million. In addition to this, the livestream reached around 2.5 million viewers at one point, making it one of the most viewed sporting events.