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Twitch has been making its case for playing a positive role in the careers of a growing number of musicians: the recent reports it commissioned from Midia Research and from former Spotify chief economist Will Page for example. However, away from musicians on its platform, the use of music in the background of other kinds of broadcasters – gamers in particular – continues to cause friction with music publishers.

At the end of last week, Twitch warned its broadcasters that it has received another barrage of copyright takedowns. “We recently received a batch of DMCA takedown notifications with about 1,000 individual claims from music publishers,” said its email, according to The Verge. “All of the claims are for VODs, and the vast majority target streamers listening to background music while playing video games or IRL streaming.”

Rightsholders stepped up their takedown notices for Twitch content a year ago, and continue to put pressure on the Amazon subsidiary to strike licensing deals.

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