Logitech-belonging streamlabsa company that produces digital tools for content creators, is changing the name of one of its flagship offerings after being accused of copying other companies’ products and websites.
On November 16, Streamlabs unveiled Studio Stream Labsa cloud-based broadcast studio for Tic streamers who play on console. Later that day, another company, light streamtook to Twitter to highlight not only how similar Streamlabs Studio is to its own main product, Lightstream Studiobut how similar the websites of the two programs are:
🤡 Hey, can I copy your homework?
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▽ Yeah, change it a bit so it’s not obvious you copied.
🤡 Bet. pic.twitter.com/xODY5uDZeP
— Lightstream (@Lightstream) November 16, 2021
As shown in the screenshots provided by Lightstream, the Streamlabs Studio and Lightstream Studio websites are virtually identical in layout and content.
For example, Lightstream Studio’s site advertises the tool as a way to “upgrade your Xbox and Playstation streams”, since you can “automatically add overlays, alerts and other media every time you switch to direct”.
On the Streamlabs Studio site, it’s advertised as “A way to upgrade your console streams”, since you can “Automatically add overlays, alerts, and other media every time you go live” . The only change to that last sentence is a removed Oxford comma.
Lightstream’s allegations alone were enough to put Streamlabs in hot water. Then Lightstream staff members stepped in. Brandon Stenniswho is currently an influencer talent recruiter at Candy but who previously worked as Lightstream’s community manager, provided screenshots of supposed user reviews for Streamlabs Studio which he claims were actually for Lightstream Studio.
“I KNOW because I reached out to the people in the reviews for these comments when I worked at @Lightstream!” he wrote.
Meanwhile, the co-founder and CEO of Lightstream Stu Grubbs pointed out that his company is not the only one allegedly affected by Streamlabs:
The team at @streamlabs should be ashamed. Not satisfied enough to ride @OBSProjectis hard work. Now copy ours down to the layout and every word on our marketing site and UX in this product. https://t.co/Lot2KPh72y
— STU 🎮🎥🎙 (@StuV2) November 16, 2021
“OBS” means Open broadcast software. O.B.S. Studio is a very popular, free and open source (meaning its code is available for anyone to see/use/modify) broadcasting software created by the OBS projectwhich was founded in 2012 by the developer Hugh “Jim” Bailey.
Streamlabs flagship product, a streaming software released in 2018, is called OBS Streamlabs. The name is a registered trademark.
One problem: Streamlabs is not affiliated with the OBS project.
“Near the launch of SLOBS, @streamlabs reached out to us about using the OBS name. We kindly asked them not to,” the OBS project tweeted after being tagged in calls about the Lightstream situation. did it anyway and followed by filing a trademark[.] We tried to sort this out privately and they were uncooperative at every turn.
We often face confused users and even companies who don’t understand the difference between the two apps.
Support volunteers sometimes encounter angry users asking for refunds. We had interactions with several companies who were unaware that our applications were separate.
– OBS (@OBSProject) November 17, 2021
Following tweets from Project OBS, Streamlabs announced that it would take “immediate action” to remove OBS from its product name.
“Streamlabs OBS is built on the open source OBS platform; Streamlabs OBS is also open source and our code is publicly available,” he said. in a statement posted on Twitter. “We take responsibility for our actions and will support the community.”
Streamlabs does not appear to have responded to Lightstream’s allegations or Distortion of the worldanother company, which claims that Streamlabs contacted its cryptocurrency donation service, asking to collaborate, “Only to then take everything discussed and do it themselves as “pioneers”.”
Top streamers Pokimane and Hasan Abi both tweeted that they will stop using Streamlabs tools and services if the company does not address the allegations. HasanAbi specifically pointed out Project OBS Tweetswhile Pokimane said she wanted to see Streamlabs”solve all this thread of problemsor she will ask them to remove her approval from their platform and use another donation service.