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If you broadcast on Twitch or regularly follow Twitch-related news, you’ve probably heard that many streamers have suffered penalties for copyright complaints related to music. Now this made the platform a global laughingstock by silencing Metallica at their concert for BlizzConline.
To close out BlizzConline’s opening ceremony, Blizzard hired Metallica, who played to delight fans and recall an iconic moment from BlizzCon 2014. With this, users who saw the presentation on YouTube or the Blizzard site were able to delight their ears with For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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The experience was not as good for the players who followed the broadcast from the Twitch gaming channel. What happens is that, to avoid being hit with DMCA complaints, the people in charge of this broadcast silenced the band.
Don’t you think that is possible? Well, check out what people who saw it live on Twitch commented or check it out for yourself.
the current state of Twitch: the official Twitch Gaming channel cut off the live Metallica concert to play 8bit folk music to avoid DMCA pic.twitter.com/sCn56So8Ee
– Rod Breslau (@Slasher) February 19, 2021
LOL. Twitch had to put Copyright free music over Metallica so they didn’t get a DMCA strike! pic.twitter.com/ySwhcHy56s
– Firecrow (@FirecrowTV) February 19, 2021
Right now the official Twitch Gaming channel is playing copyright free music over the top of Metallica’s live Blizzcon performance, so at to avoid copyright striking themselves.
The absolute state of music rights on the internet. My god.
– Skill Up (@SkillUpYT) February 19, 2021
twitch cut the audio of a metallica livestream and replaced it with royalty free music to avoid copyright claims and honestly i don’t think metallica has ever sounded betterpic.twitter.com/e0bGg5XfMF
– Anthony Kapfer (@AnthonyKapfer) February 19, 2021
While it may seem over the top or even ridiculous, it makes sense that Twitch did this. The thing is, they were broadcasting the event and the band was hired by Blizzard, not Twitch. In addition, Metallica is a band that usually prevents their music from being reproduced through unofficial means, so better safe than sorry.
And you, do you think it was an exaggeration on the part of Twitch? Tell us in the comments.
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