The soundtrack has licenses from a host of independent candidates including SoundCloud, CD Baby and Monsterset, but does not own the tunes rights of any major labels and falls short on companies that have deals. Twitch has previously belonged to labels such as Anjunabits.
“We have partnered with dozens of labels, music distributors and promoters to ensure artists and songwriters have these opportunities during this challenging time,” a Twitch spokesperson told Angdadge. “We have also continued to support the music economy by paying royalties to rights organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and GMR, and have given licensing fees to labels and publishers for the use of music in Twitch’s own productions and projects.”
As is often the case, Twitch streamers get caught in the middle. Twitch regularly mutes copyrighted music in on-demand streams and periodically issues extensive copyright notices for clips, but the recent flood of DMCA requests has left many broadcasters in particular. They are facing the threat of channel termination after years of few results, and the lack of transparency (it is rarely clear what the videos are to blame) has left many streamers to play it safe throughout their lives. Delete clip history. It is unclear whether either Twitch or the music industry giants are helping as much of the crowd as they could.
“Finally, it is absolutely clear, Twitch responds to every valid DMCA notification that it receives by removing allegedly infringing material in compliance with DMCA requirements,” the spokesperson explained.
Updated 12:58 PM ET: This story has been updated with Twitch’s comments. Here is the full statement:
We are incredibly proud of the essential service Twitch has become for so many artists and songwriters to connect with their fans, especially when real-world locations are closed and tour around the world. Thousands of music creators rely on Twitch to express themselves creatively, connect with their fans, and generate income during the global epidemic – and the number grows each day. We have partnered with dozens of labels, music distributors and promoters to help artists and songwriters get these opportunities during this challenging time. We continue to support the music economy by paying royalties for licensing fees to rights organizations and labels and publishers such as ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and GMR for the use of music in Twitch’s own productions and projects. We are contributing to the health of the music community, and we are proud of that.
We are also proud of the work we are doing around the music recorded on Twitch via the soundtrack. Soundtrack is a fully licensed service. Twitch has tied up with rights holders for recordings and compositions included in the service. The soundtrack is not only a fully-licensed way for streamers to play great music in their live streams, but is also an important discovery tool for independent artists and labels.
Finally, let’s be absolutely clear, Twitch responds to every valid DMCA notification that it receives by removing allegedly infringing content in compliance with DMCA requirements.