Twitch, the video game live streaming service, is today implementing a technology that scans and mutes in-game and background music of video on-demand footage for copyrighted music, according to a post on the company's blog.
“The Audible Magic technology will scan for third party music in 30 minute blocks — if Audible Magic does not detect its clients’ music, that portion of the VOD will not be muted,” the post reads. “If third party audio is detected anywhere in the 30-minute scanned block, the entire 30 minutes will be muted.”
Twitch recognizes that there may be false positives and affected users are invited to submit counter-notifications.
According to another announcement on the Twitch blog today, storage for past broadcasts is changing from three days to a maximum of 14 days for those who have Archive Broadcasts enabled. Storage is increased to 60 days for Turbo subscribers and members of the Twitch Partner Program.
While the “save forever” option is being removed “to economize on space,” highlights of up to two hours in length will be saved indefinitely and all prior highlights made will be saved “regardless of length.” Users are encouraged to export or make highlights footage as Twitch is removing past broadcasts from servers in three weeks.
Twitch is also beginning to roll out updates today that introduces better "VOD quality of service for international viewers," ability to watch VODs on mobile and other platforms, secure storage of past broadcasts with triple redundancy and an easier way to export highlights to YouTube. Twitch aims to introduce other new features, such as DVR, improved VOD discovery and “matching quality options from live to VOD.”
The introduction of a new Video Manager will allow users to create highlights, export past broadcasts and manage expiration countdowns. A video on the Twitch YouTube account highlights how to use the new Video Manager.
More information about the new features and changes are outlined on the Twitch blog posts. A Reddit Ask Me Anything on the Twitch subreddit will be held on August 7 at 10:30am PST, followed by a Twitch Weekly on Friday, August 8 at 2:00 p.m. PST.
Mr. Mike Note: I find this to be a disturbing start to a take over of the most favorited game streaming site out in the world today. Here are the two emails I received yesterday but waited to post today when doing the podcast.
LETTER #1: Announcing a New Video Manager & Rolling Storage System
New Video Manager
+ Accessible via your profile drop down, left nav, or Dashboard.
+ Highlight tool with new "playhead time" button lets you easily copy start & end times.
+ Export past broadcasts of any length to YouTube.
Increased Rolling Storage
+ Highlights will be saved indefinitely; however, they will now be limited to 2 hours in length. All prior highlights will be saved regardless of length.
+ Increasing storage comes at a cost, and to make this change we have to remove the “Save Forever” option entirely for past broadcasts.
+ Existing past broadcasts will be removed from Twitch servers beginning three weeks from today.
How To Prepare
On August 27, we will begin removing past broadcasts from Twitch servers.
+ Use the new Video Manager to highlight your best moments so they will be saved indefinitely.
+ Export past broadcasts (of any length) you want to save to YouTube.
+ If you have additional questions, email us at email@example.com.
LETTER #2: Twitch Broadcasters,
Starting today, Twitch will be implementing technology intended to help broadcasters avoid the storage of videos containing unauthorized third-party audio. We respect the rights of copyright owners, and are voluntarily undertaking this effort to help protect both our broadcasters and copyright owners.
What Is Audio Recognition?
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. This includes in-game and ambient music. When music in the Audible Magic database is detected (“Flagged Content”), the affected portion of the VOD will be muted and volume controls for that VOD will be turned off. Additionally, past broadcasts and highlights with Flagged Content are exportable but will remain muted.
The Audible Magic technology will scan for third-party music in 30 minute blocks -- if Audible Magic does not detect its clients’ music, that portion of the VOD will not be muted. If third party audio is detected anywhere in the 30-minute scanned block, the entire 30 minutes will be muted.
How It Works: Scanning VODs Only
Audio Recognition will only be run against audio in VODs. We are not scanning live broadcasts and there is no automated takedown of live content.
Flagged Content will display an on-screen notification informing viewers that content owned or controlled by a third-party has been identified. The progress bar will also be red for the duration of the muted section.
Please note that Audio Recognition is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. It may return false positives or miss content from copyright owners who do not work with Audible Magic. If you wish to include music in your VODs, please remember that you are responsible for clearing all such rights (this includes ambient music that may be playing in the background while you are broadcasting). If you would like to include free-to-use music in your VODs, there are a variety of resources available to you, including:
Broadcaster & Copyright Owner Appeals
If you believe that your video has been flagged improperly and that you have cleared the rights to all of the sound recordings in your uploaded video, then we will consider unmuting your video if you send us a counter-notification that is compliant with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).
Any copyright owner that believes that any of their content is used in any live broadcasts or VOD without authorization should submit a notification of claimed infringement to Twitch pursuant to our Terms of Service. If you are the legal owner of copyrighted music that you would like to protect via Audible Magic’s technology, visit AudibleMagic.com.
Twitch has partnered with Audible Magic without waiving any rights or defenses available to it under law. Twitch is not obligated to filter content stored on the Twitch platform by its users and assumes no liability for the actions of its users notwithstanding the implementation of the Audible Magic technology. Twitch reserves the right to stop filtering audio content in VODs in its sole discretion at any time and without liability to any third-party, subject only to any contractual obligations.
P.S. A Special podcast will be up today via the GamezAttack Audiocast Link about this subject Please Stay Tuned!!