Amazon’s live-video platform Twitch has been hit by a barrage of copyright takedown complaints in the last week, for clips (archived short clips from longer livestreams, which creators can show off on their channels) using copyrighted music. Now Twitch has explained how it’s going to tackle the problem in the short term.
“First, we will begin the work to extend our use of Audible Magic to identify existing clips that may contain copyrighted music and delete them for you without penalty. Over the coming months, this will cover newly created clips as well,” announced Twitch in a series of tweets. The partnership with fingerprinting firm Audible Magic dates back to 2014, by the way: it caused quite the rumpus when it was announced.
“Second, we are building the ability to delete all of the clips on your channel more easily–stay tuned for an update in a few weeks when that’s ready. You can already choose to disable the creation of new clips in your channel settings.”
Twitch went on to stress that “We value the work of songwriters, musicians, and other creative artists. As a company committed to supporting creators, we respect, and ask our users to respect, the intellectual property of those who make music and those who own or control music rights.” We hope that respect can also drive progress towards a platform-wide licensing deal for those rights sooner rather than later.
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