Twitch has been in the news a lot lately with the supposed deal from YouTube to buy them (it’s still not OFFICIALLY confirmed). Many of the main complaints we’ve been hearing about the deal is concern over whether Twitch users will have to fight with copyright they way they used to on YouTube.
Copyright Issues on YouTube
Copyright can be a tricky issue, with some companies encouraging use of their video games online (like Activision who makes Call of Duty), and others pretty much forbidding it (like Nintendo). One of the main complaints on YouTube for Let’s Play video makers was that they would often get an unwarranted copyright strike, and have to go through the appeal process before their video could once again be released. Another issue was that while the video content is often allowed to be used, the audio is not. That can be a real challenge for people who want their viewers to be able to hear sound effects from the games.
Twitch and Copyright
Twitch had somewhat bypassed the whole thing because it’s nearly impossible to check for copyright issues while a game is livestreaming. On archived streams though, they’re beginning to take action.
Twitch Begins Muting Copyrighted Content
According to Twitch’s blog, they will begin checking VOD’s for audio that is copyrighted. They will be scanning videos in 30 minute blocks, and if there is something copyrighted–either in-game audio or ambient audio–in that 30 minutes, they will completely mute the 30 minutes.
They warn that there may be false positives, and have created a process to send a counter-notification.
They do note, though that this will not affect livestreaming at all.
Use Music You Have Rights To
As always, we recommend that you use music that you have rights to, either through Creative Commons or permission. Our favorite source for this is Incompetech.com, although there are many others out there as well.