Twitch was recently hit with nearly 1,000 new copyright infringement takedown orders “over the use of copyrighted music played in the background of recorded VODs (on-demand videos).” Twitch apologized for the issues in November, writing in their blog, “over the last several months, we have done our best to manage this situation on behalf of both rights holders and creators.” Twitch recognizes that to a large degree, the issue is when streamers are listening to background music while playing video games. However, creators are concerned, as Twitch’s policy states that “repeat copyright violations will result in an “indefinite suspension” of accounts.”

Added Twitch: “Based on the number of claims, we believe these rights holders used automated tools to scan and identify copyrighted music in creators VODs and clips, which means that they will likely send further notices.

“This is our first such contact from the music publishing industry (there can be several owners for a single piece of music), and we are disappointed that they decided to send takedowns when we were willing and ready to speak to them about solutions.”

 

– Excerpt from an article for City News Service. Read the full article here.

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