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If you record yourself playing while listening to copyrighted music, Twitch will “mute” you

27 mayo, 2021

Relevant news announced by Twitch, the video game streaming and hosting service or gameplays which, supposedly, could be about to be acquired by YouTube according to various rumors. From now on, all stored videos (beware, not live) will be scanned with a sound recognition system in order to detect protected songs or music by copyright. Come on, similar to what YouTube does today.

Although they have insisted a lot that this procedure will only be applied to stored videos and not to live streams, from the official website they assure that “The music from the video game itself and the background music will be included”. What does this mean? That if you are playing while listening to the last CD or MP3 you bought, Twitch will have to “mute” the video for you. What if you are listening to Spotify, despite having a premium account? They will also “mutate” you.

As they explain, they use Audible Magic technology, which analyzes videos in 30-minute intervals. If during this interval it detects that a copyrighted song is playing, the sound of the video (everything, in addition to the song of course) will disappear within 30 minutes how long that block lasts. For the viewer a warning will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, where it is said that the sound has been blocked at the request of a third party.

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If you listen to music, don’t record yourself

Am I the only one who sees him thousand problems to this system? Imagine that you are playing with someone and listening to what that person says. If said player has background music, it could cause your video to be blocked. What if you have the TV running from behind and an advertisement or song plays during the broadcast of a series? What if they call you on the phone and you have a ringtone melody? What if you are playing GTA and a familiar song is playing on the radio? What if…? Okay, they don’t apply it to live games (it would be fun to see how they try to do it) but it seems like a somewhat radical solution. Even they themselves recognize that there may be false positives.

The theme of background music copyright It has caused controversy on YouTube for years. In 2007 there was a famous case where a baby danced to the rhythm of Prince during the 29 seconds that the clip lasted. His mother found it funny and uploaded it to YouTube. The matter is still in the courts. An important group of youtubers complained about this a few months ago. The case that we discussed above, of a user playing GTA with the music from the car radio activated, is real: an Internet user saw his YouTube video removed for this reason.


Why has your Twitch policy changed and why now? Well, only they know that and we can only theorize. They may be preparing for the final sale to YouTube or perhaps they have realized that their web portal has become one of the most important in online video … which could make them the target of “friendly” record companies. Be that as it may, many users are not happy and consider that the new conditions are abusive.

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