NMPA boss steps up Twitch criticism with op-ed article
Check your watches! We appear to have reached the traditional ‘op-ed in Billboard’ stage of the NMPA’s licensing battle with Twitch. In it, David Israelite takes aim at the livestreaming service’s...
December 3, 2020
Twitch ‘open minded to new structures’ for music licences
Amid growing unrest from Twitch’s creator community about music-related DMCA takedowns – not to mention the unrest among music rightsholders that has spurred that barrage – Amazon’s live video service has addressed...
November 12, 2020
Amazon Music to host Dolly Parton Christmas livestream
If you're the kind of person who shouts at people who put their Christmas decorations too early, look away now. Dolly Parton is doing a Christmas-themed livestream for Amazon Music... on 13 November. 'Dolly Parton's Comin'...
November 10, 2020
FIFA 21 adds music-disabling option to help game streamers
The knock-on effects from rightsholders' pressure on Twitch over music licensing are starting. Games publisher Electronic Arts has added a new menu option to its FIFA 21 game: 'Disable All Music For Streaming Purposes'. That...
October 28, 2020
US music bodies step up their campaign against Twitch
A group of US music industry bodies are pressing on with their campaign over Twitch licensing. The group, including the RIAA, Artist Rights Alliance, Music Managers Forum US, NMPA, Recording Academy and SoundExchange, have...
October 28, 2020
Amazon launches Breakthrough Live weekly livestreams series
The timing may be awkward given the renewed DMCA takedown notices currently battering Twitch, but Amazon Music is stepping up its livestreaming activity, including with its sister platform. It’s launched a new weekly...
October 21, 2020
Twitch is fielding another round of DMCA takedown notices
Music rightsholders are stepping up the pressure on Twitch to sign platform-wide music licensing deals, with another round of DMCA takedown notices for archived broadcasts and clips on Amazon’s live video service. Esports...
October 21, 2020
How should artists use Twitch to connect with fans?
Live video streaming service Twitch has been one of the (unwitting) beneficiaries of the global pandemic, as musicians scramble to find a way to compensate for the near-total shutdown of live music. In their recent “State...
October 6, 2020
The bigger picture around Twitch, music licensing, and industry criticism
When we reported on the launch of Soundtrack by Twitch earlier this week, we had a sneaking suspicion that we’d be hearing from the publishing sector – and US representative body the NMPA’s boss David Israelite – sooner...
October 2, 2020
Twitch Soundtrack is licensed for livestreams, not VOD
We reported yesterday on the launch of Soundtrack by Twitch, and its catalogue of cleared music for streamers to use from more than 30 independent labels and distributors. Now there's a FAQ getting into some of the licensing...
October 1, 2020
Soundtrack by Twitch offers licensed music to streamers
Livestreaming platform Twitch is launching a new feature, Soundtrack by Twitch, with a catalogue of licensed music for its community of creators to use in their streams. The Amazon-owned company has licensed more than...
September 30, 2020
Making the most of Twitch: tips for artists from its music team
Amazon's livestreaming video platform Twitch was already looking to do more with music before Covid-19 struck, but the pandemic has fuelled a moment where lots of musicians are also suddenly keen to do more with Twitch –...
September 25, 2020