Twitch update their copyright policies after massive DMCA claims

The e-sports community is on the alert after the latest changes on Twitch about the use of music during live-streams and on-demand videos on the platform.

These new changes in the policy on the platform have meant that many of its users have reviewed point by point the new guidelines to follow, and among them stand out that the use of music through streaming platforms is explicitly prohibited, such as Spotify.

During the quarantine period, many musicians and artists, especially DJs, have used the platform to broadcast their sessions.

A DJ session appears as an example of «types of music content that you cannot use in Twitch or VOD streams.»

«Playing or mixing prerecorded music tracks not owned by you or music licensed to share on Twitch» is prohibited.

Radio-style music shows, karaoke performances (other than those using the Twitch Sings game, with its Twitch-licensed catalog), lip-sync performances, music visuals including lyrics and guitar sheets, among many others, are part of the content that a user can not do without having the rights of the songs.

Anyone who ignores these rules is cautioned that they could face a copyright infringement strike by rights holders.

So the real story here is less about a sudden crackdown by Twitch on DJ sets, and more about rightsholders stepping up their takedown notices around this content.

You can read all the new changes here.

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