The internet and copyright laws have never gotten along. The favorite battleground of these two worlds has been, since the days of Napster, music. Misuse of copyrighted tracks is one of the issues that create the most tension between record labels and content creators.
This has led many sites like YouTube to apply a policy to remove copyright infringing content, to prevent record companies from engaging in million-dollar lawsuits against every creator on the site. Twitch found himself with a similar problem, but the nature of the platform's content, which he prefers live streaming to recorded videos, makes timely action against violations difficult.
The solution found so far has been that of change the audio of sections of video on demand, Live recordings that Twitch automatically uploads to its affiliates' profiles in the event of a copyright infringement being recorded.
Introducing Soundtrack by Twitch (Beta), a rights cleared music tool designed specifically for Twitch creators.
Stream worry free with our highly curated music library, rolling out starting today.
- Twitch (@Twitch) September 30, 2020
This, however, made it extremely difficult to broadcast games with soundtracks featuring famous songs. But now Twitch has introduced an important innovation, Twitch Soundtrack.
This new streamer support platform will collaborate with dozens of mostly independent labels to deliver to creators millions of copyrighted songs to accompany live shows. A library of protected songs, from which to draw without fear of repercussions.
The broadcast audio will be separate from the live audio, allowing Twitch to better monitor any violations. Soundtrack will be compatible with OBS Studio, Stramlabs OBS and Twitch Studio, but at the moment it is still in beta. To participate, every streamer must be put in waiting list.