The inevitable has finally happened: Twitch will enforce copyright strikes for DJ sets and other types of performances to “support creators and their intellectual property”.
Remember the good old days when copyright strikes and takedowns were nothing but a distant legend? We do. But since a couple of years back, copyright laws have been refreshed and the grip around the necks of cover artists, DJ’s, radioshow hosts and other performers has tightened quite a bit.
Among the platforms to “chokehold” its creators, Youtube has been under the negative spotlight for years, much of it due to the implementation of a new copyright bot/system/AI that, to Youtube’s credit, does shield an artist’s intellectual property and protects their rights, but at the cost of harming up and coming creators with its aggressive strike approach. Now, it’s Twitch’s turn to follow in on those footsteps.
As of June 2020, music sharing on Twitch is now very limited. Previously, the main concern on a Twitch creator’s mind was being muted by Twitch’s automated content filtering system. But now streamers are going to be subject to takedown notices from various music groups and additional action from Twitch based on its refreshed Community Guidelines. Now, any streamer who uses copyrighted music is at risk for DMCA takedowns or Twitch Community Guideline action such as suspensions, bans, channel termination, and, in some cases, legal action from music labels.
That’s not to say you can’t use any music on Twitch Streams and VODs. As long as it’s your music or music licensed to you, you’re in the clear. However, if you plan on streaming a DJ set, or a demo drop, you might want to look into another platform.