Twitch “Disappointed” by Music Publishing Industry as Hit by 1,000 Copyright Infringement Complaints


AmazonThe Twitch-owned live streaming platform told its users on Friday (May 28) that it had received a “batch” of new copyright infringement claims from music publishers.

The company sent an email stating that these new DMCA takedown notices include “approximately 1,000 individual complaints” regarding the use of copyright-protected music playing in the background of recorded VODs (videos on demand). ).

In the email sent to users on Friday, shared by journalist Rod Breslau on Twitter, Twitch said that “this is our first such contact with the music publishing industry.”

He added : “[We] are disappointed that they decided to send withdrawals when we were willing and ready to talk to them about the solutions ”.

Twitch says he believes music publishers used automated tools to identify copyrighted music in its users’ clips, and says he expects there to be no more withdrawal notices in progress.

This new round of DMCA takedown requests follows news in October that “thousands” of videos had been deleted by Twitch on notices of violation.

The platform is legally required to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of takedown requests made by rights holders (e.g. a record company) or by an entity on behalf of a rights holder, such as the RIAA in order to be protected by the safe harbor laws of the United States and not to be held responsible for the violation of user-generated content on its platform.

“This is our first such contact with the music publishing industry (there may be multiple owners for a single piece of music) and we are disappointed that they have decided to send withdrawals when we were willing and ready to talk to them about the solutions. “

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Massive suppression in October came after the news in June that a number of prominent Twitch users received notices of platform copyright infringement for music used in clips posted to their channels over the past year, the company threatening to terminate the accounts of the “repeat infringers”.

The following month, the boss of Amazon Jeff Bezos told the House Judiciary Committee during a antitrust hearing that he didn’t know whether Twitch had authorized his music or not.

In November, Twitch apologized for copyright issues arising on his platform, writing in a Bog article at the time that “over the past few months we have done our best to handle this situation on behalf of both the licensees rights and creators “.

He added: “One of the mistakes we made was not creating adequate tools to allow creators to manage their own VOD and clip libraries.”

In March, the site added tools to make it easier for users to manage takedown requests and delete clips to avoid strikes against their channels.

As noted by the edge, the latest withdrawal notifications will likely be of concern to streamers who were involved in withdrawals in June and October of last year.

This is because the Twitch policy stipulate that repeated copyright violations will result in an “indefinite suspension” of accounts.

Twitch offers licensed music through its Soundtrack by Twitch tool, which launched in september after making deals with a number of global distributors and a handful of independent labels around the world.

The Twitch soundtrack is only allowed for live streaming however, and not for video on demand.

Twitch said in his email Friday: “We are committed to being more transparent with you about the DMCA. We recently received a batch of DMCA takedown notifications with around 1,000 individual music publisher complaints.

“All of the claims relate to VOD and the vast majority target streamers who listen to background music while playing video games or streaming IRL.

Twitch added, “Based on the number of complaints, we believe these rights holders used automated tools to analyze and identify copyrighted music in VODs and music videos from creators, which means that they will probably send other notifications.

“We are actively discussing with music labels about solutions that might work for creators as well as rights holders.

“This is our first such contact with the music publishing industry (there may be multiple owners for a single piece of music) and we are disappointed that they have decided to send withdrawals when we were willing and ready to talk to them about the solutions. “Music company in the world



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