Twitch will start to delete content in which music is disseminated without the streamer is subject to copyright.
Several streamers have indicated that they have received emails informing them that Twitch was going to delete several of their clips contain music, in the name of copyright. During the broadcast of live video, users have the ability to record moments that are then saved in the format clip —it is the latter who are the problem.
And for good reason, Twitch gives in to the music industry in the (re)beginning to enforce the laws on the copyright. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), an association that defends the record companies tackled the content with the music being broadcast without copyright. The latter is the input of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a law aimed at putting in place a principle of intellectual property in the digital age.
As a result, Twitch is seen in the obligation to remove all the clips that do not respect the rights of the author, which is a very large number of shared contents between 2017 and 2019. For their part, users may simply be to get banned from the service if they have too used the music that they did not have the license.
📢 This week, we've had a sudden influx of DMCA takedown requests for clips with background music from 2017-19. If you’re unsure about rights to audio in past streams, we advise removing those clips. We know many of you have large archives, and we're working to make this easier.
— Twitch Support (@TwitchSupport) June 8, 2020
In a message on the topic, Twitch, recalled the conditions of use of its platform, which rule on copyright. As well, users can stream music only if they have purchased the license or are they composed the song themselves. They can also turn to Twitch Sings, a game in which the streaming service has acquired the rights himself. These reasons are the three exceptions which may justify the use of music, otherwise, the content creator risk of sanctions.
There is no novelty vis-à-vis the law on the copyright, but the removal of clips that is taking place in this moment is a result of the actions of the RIAA.
Several users of Twitch reacted in the hours that followed this news, although some expressed their willingness to leave the platform in favor of a Mixer, a service launched by Microsoft which has already attracted the streamer Ninja in the summer of 2019. Others have expressed their fear of being banned.
It is hard not to make the link between Twitch and YouTube, are also concerned by this problematic on the copyright. For the past few years, the platform allows to decide, as having the right, which has the effect of removing the monetization of the video or completely prevent its dissemination on the Google service.
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