Twitch Adds Music Library To Provide Royalty-Free Music To Streamers
One of the biggest concerns of streaming websites like Twitch is whether the content being broadcasted through their service is copyrighted or not. Twitch has been hard at work for months to ensure that players don’t face any limitations in the service, and still they don’t use copyrighted content without permission.
Now Twitch has taken its first step in this direction. The largest game streaming platform is launching the Twitch Music Library, which collects songs that are free to use in streams and in archived videos. Using this library, streamers can add music to their videos without worrying about copyright claims.
Twitch has long been planning to expand its platform to music. According to the company, Twitch Music Library currently has around 500 songs from indie labels that include Netherlands-based Spinnin Records, Brooklyn-based Fool’s Gold, the Skrillex-founded OWSLA, musician Steve Aoki’s label Dim Mak, and Monstercat.
Monstercat is a music label that gained its popularity from YouTube channel and now makes music available on free streaming platforms. Most of the partner labels already have a relationship with Twitch. Aoki performed in Twitch’s first live concert in 2014, and OWSLA hosted a holiday party on Twitch in same year. Monstercat runs a 24-hour channel called Monstercat FM.
Twitch plans to expand even further with more partnerships from music industry. Currently, certain approved labels and artists are able to hold radio-style shows and other music festivals. The company states that they will soon make this feature open for most of the people who will not be broadcasting any copyrighted material.
The company is encouraging people who want to broadcast original music to use their service. So if you create your own music or sing your own songs, you can stream your performances or tracks on Twitch and gain exposure to millions of viewers.
On the other hand, Twitch discourages streaming remixes and covers and karaoke parties unless the music contained in the videos is totally copyright-free. Otherwise, the content will be subject to Twitch’s screening system and it may mute the audio contained in your videos (or be ready to say Hi to DMCA).
Twitch went through the pains of implementing a screening system for its videos. The system aimed at muting audio in archived videos if it was copyrighted. The screening process reportedly muted audio of crowd noises, singing, and music owned by the streamer, which was a pain for streamers.
YouTube also went through the same hurdles when it implemented its Content Id system.
Tracks used from Twitch Music Library will not be subject to any type of screening. It will save streamers from the pain of looking for copyright-free tracks and give them better experience if Twitch is able to add popular tracks to its library.