Twitch hilariously censored a Metallica live performance during Blizzcon with 8-bit music for fear of getting hit with their own DMCA system.
Twitch It has a massive problem with copyright removals and it appears that the company’s own channel is afraid of this. During a live performance of the legendary band Metallica at Blizzcon, Twitch cut the audio and replaced it with a generic piece of royalty-free elevator music. It is beyond parody.
Last year, Twitch got a lot of heat after a series of pretty insane DMCA takedowns. The company generally allows its streamers to play music in the background of their broadcasts, as well as host movie viewing parties available on Amazon Prime Video. This quiet online existence exploded when top streamers noticed their content being removed, sometimes for really pointless reasons. Popular streamer xQc got a DMCA takedown for just showing a clip from his own broadcast. Needless to say, the system is broken and other development continues to prove that.
Twitch was live streaming Blizzcon on its own official channel and all was well until Metallica came out. The band performed one of their most iconic songs, For Whom The Bell Tolls, prompting Twitch to mute the audio and replace it with 8-bit music. Not only is Twitch afraid that the DMCA will remove it on its own platform, but it also fears that a band will remove it with their own music. The chaos was captured and shared on the internet, courtesy of Rod Breslau and YouTube user wearethemonks.
The irony of the whole situation is that Metallica had a notable influence on the DMCA, as seen today when the band sued file-sharing service Napster in the early 2000s. The actual “uncensored” version of the performance was shown. aired flawlessly on YouTube, proving that these rampant DMCA issues are not universal and gives Metallica fans a good avenue to admire a solid performance from their favorite band.
It is unknown if Metallica would have gone after Twitch to broadcast the event, but it seems incredibly unlikely. It also shows how undeniably flawed the system is, if even Twitch isn’t secure. Twitch previously promised to try and fix the situation in a way that helps everyone, but it doesn’t appear that this fix has been implemented yet. At the time of writing this article, Twitch has yet to make any kind of statement about Metallica’s performance.
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