If you’ve been following web-related news, you’ve probably read about the flood of copyright takedown notices many high-profile Twitch streamers have been receiving over the past days. Ever since the launch of the gamer-centered platform in 2011, its copyright rules have been confusing at best, and enforcement has been almost non-existent. But with the growing popularity of the Amazon-owned company, especially during the pandemic, someone started to take notice of the many copyright violations happening there and decided to take advantage.

Royalty-Free Music for Twitch Streamers

Before getting into the details of this highly complicated issue that is now affecting the revenue of many popular streamers, anyone who uses Twitch or thinks about becoming a streamer should know that there is a simple solution they could use to avoid any copyright-related issue and make their streaming on the platform worry-free. Royalty-Free Music. More specifically, the Artlist royalty-free music platform.

To learn why Artlist is the best solution for today’s Twitch streamer, first know what you get with a yearly Artlist subscription:

  • Universal License that covers any video project.
  • Unlimited downloads
  • New music added daily
  • Any song you download is yours to use forever.

Artlist is a subscription-based licensing platform that offers its subscribers music and sound effects that can be used in a video on any platform – Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram. You name it – it’s covered. 

And since Twitch clips often appear outside of the platform to attract new users, in places like YouTube or Facebook, a license that covers any platform comes in handy.

As an Artlist subscriber, you have unlimited downloads and a license that does not expire. Meaning, any music you download as a subscriber can be used forever, even after your subscription ends.

Now that we got the solution, let’s explain the problem, and what exactly happened at Twitch.

A Flood of Copyright Takedown Notices

To get an idea of how serious the situation is, you need to know that as a platform that’s committed to the DMCA, Twitch is obligated to follow through on these notices. Since each one of the recent notices could result in a copyright strike, and three strikes result in a permanent ban from the platform, streamers face a real threat to their channel’s existence.

Most of the infringing material includes thousands of recorded clips of old live broadcasts made between 2017 and 2019. 

Streamers took to social media to air their frustrations with the situation and the platform.

Twitch Support went to Twitter to announce the issue:

Why Twitch Copyright Rules Are Confusing

Many streamers have copyrighted music playing in the background of their live streams, and while Twitch has a system in place that mutes them, it is inconsistent. The problem is with clips that are up to a minute long and feature parts from different streams. These clips are mainly user-generated as opposed to streamer generated.

Any user can create a clip from different live streams. If that clip was generated before the Twitch system muted the copyrighted music, the music remains in the clip even after the stream was muted. So what you get are clips with copyrighted music spread around the Twitch platform. This means streamers have no control over many of the copyright offending clips that are now threatening to cause their channel to be permanently banned.

So, not only do streamers have to delete the clips they made, but they need to delete every clip made by other users that uses part of their live stream. This is a highly difficult process. For one, Twitch doesn’t currently have a bulk-delete button, so streamers have to delete them manually. Plus, looking for clips that contain their copyright-violating material is even harder. It also damages the relations between users and streamers.

If you think this sounds confusing, you are not alone. Copyright rules on Twitch have been confusing streamers and users for a long time. This is not the first copyright-related incident Twitch has experienced. 

In 2018, more than 10 popular streamers were temporarily blocked by the platform by what had turned out to be a mistaken copyright claim. Although the issue was resolved, the incident sure didn’t contribute to the clarity of the copyright situation on Twitch. Later that year, Twitch updated their copyright music policy, but this copyright policy change did not result in increased enforcement. Until now.

Moving Forward

We hope this situation resolves with the minimum amount of casualties and that Twitch streamers become aware of copyright issues and solve them by using royalty-free music.