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Twitch deletes archives, scans for copyright music

Twitch deletes archives, scans for copyright music

Game-streaming specialist Twitch has announced that it will delete archived content after just two weeks, and that all on-demand videos are to be scanned for potential copyright infringement.

Game footage streaming specialist Twitch has announced that it will be scanning its archives for potential copyright infringement, and deleting any videos older than two weeks.

Selected to power the live-streaming functionality of both Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, Twitch - a hugely successful off-shoot of Justin.tv - allows gamers to stream live gameplay footage from their consoles or PC. This footage can then be saved as an archive, or edited into a highlight reel - either of which then being accessible on-demand from the Twitch website or its various client applications.

With rumours circulating of a $1 billion buy-out by Google, however, the company is making a few changes. One that will affect all users is a reduction in how long archived footage may be kept: standard users will now have their recordings removed from the video-on-demand service, while power users and registered partners will be able to keep theirs for 60 days. Highlight reels will still be kept indefinitely, the company has confirmed, but will be limited to a maximum length of two hours - presumably to prevent circumvention of the archive deletion rule by adding everything to the highlight reel.

A bigger issue that has Twitch users riled is the news that all on-demand content - but not, the company is quick to point out, live streams - are to be scanned using an automated copyright infringement detection system for unlicensed audio. Should unlicensed music be found, a half-hour chunk of the video will be permanently muted with no way to restore the audio.

'We’ve partnered with Audible Magic, which works closely with the recorded music industry, to scan past and future VODs for music owned or controlled by clients of Audible Magic,' the company confirmed in its announcement late last night. 'This includes in-game and ambient music.'

Users whose videos are flagged incorrectly, or who believe they have a right to use the audio that triggered the filter, can appeal by submitting notification to Twitch in a similar fashion to a counter-notification under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA,) the company has stated.

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Corky42 7th August 2014, 11:04 Quote
I hear its automated copyright infringement detection system done such a good job it even silenced archived copies of Twitch's own programs.
Eiffie 7th August 2014, 19:33 Quote
Sounds exactly like what happened to Youtube a while back when Google started to scan videos for copyrighted music. I don't have a twitch account so I can't confirm or deny that it's similar but it sounds that way. I wonder if this is going to start to screw with people who leave the in-game music enabled or not.
DriftCarl 8th August 2014, 08:05 Quote
I hardly view archived content on twitch anyway so it doesn't bother me much, as long as they don't scan live streams (with a short delay) and mute that then that's fine by me.

I have been a victim of youtubes scanning, despite sending in numerous documents and proof that I was licenced to use the music, it still got flagged.
Impatience 8th August 2014, 09:19 Quote
+1 with DriftCarl.. If they start Muting streams, then it'll fall. Quickly.
For the old YouTuber crowd who now stream on Twitch, most have music on in the background etc or from others in their houses.. They can't be expected to suddenly play in silence and make everyone else in the house stop playing music just in case it's heard! (Especially if they cant have in-game music.)
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