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Twitch cracks down on unlicensed music during livestreams

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A piece of shocking news to all dance music fans, Twitch announced a new policy cracking down on unlicensed music streamed on its platform.

The new policy functionally no longer allow sets with music not owned or licensed by the artist themselves. The policy quoted on their website reads, “Playing and/or mixing pre-recorded music tracks which incorporate music, other than music which is owned by you or music which is licensed for you to share on Twitch.”

Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, DJs and artists have utilized Twitch streams to provide fans with live DJ sets and a way to connect through these performances. Now, we may begin to see limits to the platform.

As quarantine rules start to slowly lift in each state, we’re hoping live shows will start slowly coming back to life. It’s a blessing in disguise that the DJ set bans didn’t happen until the end of quarantine. Until live shows are fully in place, what’s next for live streams? Instagram Live, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live?

To see a full list of the new guidelines on Twitch, click here.

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