Recently, there’s been some difficulty and confusion surrounding the legality of using music in the background of Twitch streams. Streamers with copyrighted music in their streams can get clips deleted, strikes for copyright violations, and can end up ultimately being banned on the platform. What’s the solution? We’re here to break it down…
What You Need to Know About Copyrighted Music on Twitch
Back in 2014, Twitch introduced new technology from Audible Magic to its platform in an effort to remove archived videos with infringing music content in the background. Here at Symphonic, we understand the value of services like this one, so we are also partnered with Audible Magic to further assist our clients in the fight against copyright abuse.
To learn more about our partnership with Audible Magic, check out this post for more information.
You may have also heard about the IFPI recently muting popular Twitch channels due to playing copyrighted music in their streams without permission… So, what did Twitch do to combat this?
They launched the Twitch Music Library. The Twitch Music Library is an extensive catalog of royalty-free music that streamers can play in the background without worrying about the risk of takedowns.
How to get your music featured in the Twitch Music Library:
- Any artist, label, or other rights owner with at least 250,000 subscribers or followers on YouTube, Facebook and/or Twitter can submit their music to be included in the Twitch catalog via this form.
But the Twitch Music Library isn’t the only place streamers can score copyright free music…
There are labels out there who have created playlists on Spotify that they do not intend to press DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) flags on via Twitch.
For example, Anjunabeats announced a partnership with Twitch last year that made 350 tracks from the Anjuna catalogue available to soundtrack on Twitch livestreams. This partnership includes music from Above & Beyond, Ilan Bluestone, Lane 8, Mat Zo, Yotto and more, so Twitch streamers can throw down without fear of content getting muted or blocked. (You can check out that playlist here.)
- Additionally, Symphonic has recently partnered with a company called Pretzel Rocks. This company offers a great service that clears music for use during streams so users won’t get a DMCA takedown, giving streamers easy, licensed music without having to worry about content ID strikes or muted content and artists the proper royalties they deserve.
We’re incredibly proud and excited to finally begin to offer this service to our clients, and we’ll be announcing more details in the coming weeks.
Because copyright infringement has been such a hot topic for Twitch users recently, we want to insure artists that there are features in place to protect you from copyright infringement.
If you are a copyright owner and you believe that any material on Twitch infringes your copyrights, you can submit a written notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by providing Twitch’s Designated Copyright Agent with the information listed here.