The 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 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.
Germany is not the only place in the world where online streamers need a broadcasting license. In China, the ruling government announced a range of measures to restrict streamers after it deemed them a threat to the ruling regime.
However, although the temporary ruling has been made by the German broadcasting authority, it itself admits that the rules regarding broadcasting licenses are outdated as they were created at a time when internet streaming had not yet fully developed. The broadcasting authority also foresees it may change sometime in the future and currently the changes only apply to online streamers with 500 or more followers.
You can watch PietSmiet’s response here (in German).