Twitch streamers that want to play music over their gameplay sessions will now be able to choose from a selection of licensed songs made freely available by the service.
Last year, Twitch started muting audio in archived streams when it detected unauthorized, copyrighted music in the background, using an automated system created by Audible Magic to find infringing soundtracks. This move impacted a wide array of streamers, who often like to play music over gameplay or in between matches. The muting even covered licensed songs that appear inside the streamed games themselves in some cases.
Today’s introduction of seems to be a compromise solution to this problem, offering streamers 500 fully licensed songs that “will not be flagged by the audio recognition system implemented in 2014 to protect audio copyright holders and Twitch broadcasters alike,” as Twitch puts it. Twitch says the song selection comes from “established and burgeoning labels,” but you won’t find songs from major pop music conglomerates like Sony BMG, Universal Music, EMI, or Warner among the choices. Instead, labels like Mad Decent, Dim Mak, Spinnin Records, OWSLA, Monstercat, and Fools Gold provide the tunes.
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