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Streamlabs apologizes after being called out for plagiarism

Last November 17, the official OBS Twitter page released a thread talking about how ‘Streamlabs OBS’ has been using the OBS name without permission. 

For those who are unfamiliar with streaming software, Streamlabs OBS is a highly popular software that is used by live-streamers on platforms like Twitch and Youtube. It is a user-friendly app built off of an entirely different open-source software called Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) In short, Streamlabs OBS (SLOBS) is an easier to use version of OBS. 

The problem here is that the creators of OBS asked Streamlabs OBS not to use their name, and they did so anyway. 

In their Twitter thread, OBS says “Near the launch of SLOBS, @streamlabs reached out to us about using the OBS name. We kindly asked them not to. They did so anyway and followed up by filing a trademark.”

OBS continues to claim that they tried to sort out the matter privately, but that Streamlabs had not been cooperative. As a result, OBS has had to face puzzled and even angry users and companies who did not know the difference between the two apps.

Streamlabs OBS then tweeted a statement apologizing for the matter, and that they would remove “OBS” from their name. Take note that they only did this after being called out. 

Unfortunately, this is not the only controversy Streamlabs has dug themselves into. The whole reason why OBS called out the company is because they had launched something called Streamlab Studio. This software would allow streamers to share live gameplay without a capture card, and it would make streamers have control over their stream using their phones. Seems revolutionary, except when you consider the fact that a similar software called Lightstream does the same thing.

What makes this situation worse is that the Lightstream Twitter account shared some suspicious similarities in their website and the Streamlab Studio website. 

The accused did reply to the tweet, saying that they made a mistake, but many people are not buying that excuse. 

Many creators have responded to Streamlabs’ slew of controversies, most of them choosing to step away from using the software. 

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