Music Rules Every Twitch Creator Needs to be Aware of in 2022
If you’re a Twitch creator, you should know the ins and outs of all the Twitch music rules. If you don’t, you’re likely to end up using music in your content that you shouldn’t be using. This can lead to a variety of punishments such as content muting and DMCA copyright strikes.
So, if you’d rather avoid these penalties and punishments, read on. In this article, we’ve put together all the music copyright rules that Twitch creators like you should be aware of in 2022 and beyond.
1. Know the basics
Before we get to the complex part, it’s important to get the basics out of the way. In terms of the basic music use rules on Twitch, here’s what you need to know:
- You can only include music whose rights you own in your content or royalty-free music.
- Copyright music use is valid only when the owner of the music licenses it to you for use in your content.
- You can’t play song games on your streams if the songs aren’t licensed to you by their respective owners.
Now that you know the basics, let’s get into the more complex details.
2. Repeated copyright infringements
If your stream features copyrighted music that you aren’t licensed to use, you will first get a notification from Twitch. This notification will inform you about the removal of your content (only the part that contains the copyrighted music) due to a copyright policy breach. No further action will be taken against your account by the platform in this situation.
However, more pressing problems can arise if you continue to feature copyrighted music without the required permissions and/or licenses. In such a scenario, Twitch will deem your account to have violated its Terms of Service and proceed to ban your account from the platform. If it’s a temporary ban, you’ll be able to appeal against it on the platform’s appeal portal. However, if it’s an indefinite ban, you have no option of appealing against it.
3. Featuring music you bought on streaming platforms
Music streaming platforms such as Apple iTunes and Spotify allow you to purchase music. However, this isn’t equivalent to purchasing the copyrights – it only means that you’re purchasing the music for listening. So, if you use music you’ve bought on a streaming platform in your Twitch marketing video, it will result in copyright infringement. This will most likely result in your video being muted or removed altogether from the platform.
That’s why it would be in your best interest to use music from copyright-free and/or royalty-free websites. There are several websites that offer royalty-free music such as Streamlabs Prime’s Jingle Punks and Epidemic Sound. Irrespective of the style of music you’re on the lookout for, you’re bound to find it across these websites.
So, those are the three rules that you should swear by when it comes to your music use on Twitch. Even if you really like a piece of music and want to include it in your content, make sure that you can use it first before you actually do. Quite simply, if it’s copyrighted, you should reach out to the owner and ask if it would be possible to give you permission or license to use the music. If the owner rejects your request, you should move on and look for an alternative piece of music – preferably one that’s royalty-free.
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