Twitch Update Mutes Archived Videos Containing Copyrighted Music. The Internet Isn’t Happy.


Twitch has recently made some rather unfavorable updates to their website today, which seems to have to internet in a bit of a frenzy.

The first of which requires users to save their archived streams in to smaller chunks, called highlights, which can be no longer than 2 hours in length. Failing to do so will cause the archived footage to be removed from the website after 14 days (60 days for Turbo subscribers).

Twitch is moving along with this change to alter how videos are stored on the website, as they revealed that 80% of their archived videos were never even watched once. According to Twitch CEO Emmett Shear, that’s multiple petabytes of data that not a single person is viewing. If you’re wondering, 1 petabyte is 1 million gigabytes. However, highlights tend to be watched 9 times more than archived broadcasts.


The first update also includes the ability to watch video on demand content via mobile devices, which was previously unavailable due to the saved file type. Twitch users can also now upload highlights of any size directly to YouTube.

The update that has the internet up at arms though, is the one in which Twitch has implemented audio monitoring tools similar to the ones used on YouTube. These tools will basically scan (in 30 minute intervals) archived footage on Twitch for unauthorized use of copyrighted music, and if any are found, those 30 minutes will be muted to all viewers. As Kotaku pointed out, even if the tools only discover 10 seconds of copyrighted music, it will still mute the entire 30 minute segment.

What makes this a bit of a hard pill to swallow is that it can mute segments that only contain the in-game OST, as it’s copyrighted music. A Twitch viewer also stated that a Fallout 3 stream was muted because the user was listening to music in the background, outside of the stream itself.

In a rather hilarious turn of events, the recent implementation of audio monitoring tools has backfired and even muted archived footage directly from Twitch themselves. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

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Bradley Keene is the Executive Editor here at What’s Your Tag?, generally handling reviews, public relations, and our social media communications. He’s an aspiring video game journalist, Baltimore native, and on again/off again WoW player that favors roguelikes, horror games, and point-and-click adventures. His favorite console is the Dreamcast, favorite game is the original Metroid, and he could watch The Goonies for the rest of his life. Contact him by e-mail at the address above, or follow his insanity on Twitter.


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