It has been rumoured for a few months now, that Google, who own YouTube, are in the process of purchasing Twitch. So it may be a little more than coincidental that Twitch is now implementing ‘Audible Magic technology’ to scan archived video streams for third-party audio.
GamesIndustry report that Audible Magic scans video clips for matches against a database of music controlled by its clients. If users are using copyright protected audio, it now gets muted in 30-minute chunks until it the scan reaches audio without a match. If users find that their videos are enormously muted, they are required to send in a Digital Millennium Copyright Act counter-notification to have their request considered… which 99.999% of users will not be in possession of.
Twitch warns that the system could return false positives, and suggests users use audio with a creative commons license, or services like Jamendo and SongFreedom.
If that’s not bad enough, Twitch is also changing the way archived videos are stored, removing the “save forever” option for users in favour of a 14 days save default, or 60 days for paying subscribers and partners.