Twitch faces music industry backlash over proper licensing


Soundtrack has licenses from a host of independents that include SoundCloud, CD Baby and Monstercat, but it doesn’t have rights for any major label tunes and supposedly falls short on those companies that do have deals. Twitch previously struck deals with labels like Anjunabeats.

We’ve asked Twitch for comment.

As is often the case, the Twitch streamers themselves are caught in between. Twitch regularly mutes copyrighted music in on-demand streams and periodically issues wider copyright notices for clips, but a recent flood of DMCA takedown requests has left many broadcasters particularly spooked. They’re facing the threat of channel terminations after years of few repercussions, and a lack of transparency (it’s seldom clear what videos are to blame) has left numerous streamers deleting their entire clip histories just to play it safe. It’s not clear that either Twitch or music industry giants are helping the livestreaming crowd as much as they could.

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