Greetings TL community.
I've been kind of wondering for a while now: what about copyrighted music on all the professional SC2 players and tournaments streams? (such as HomeStory cup)
I've got a YouTube channel myself. Whenever you post a video with some relatively known music in it, YouTube instantly flags it as "Copyrighted" content and warns the poster about possible implications of posting music that's not owned by him and requires the user to be careful with such content threatening with removing the content in case it's claimed by the owner.
I'm a huge Starcraft 2 stream consumer. I watch streams of players like Grubby, Stephano, White-ra, Bling, Kas etc.
How is it possible that they constantly stream pretty known music on their streams? What kind of policy does Twitch.tv promotes when it comes to copyrighted content?
I'm really curious to find out the answer since it seems that there's a lot of sensibility now out there regarding copyrighted content (with recent shut down of multiple download services that were providing copyrighted content to the public).
Summing up: is there any kind of control about copyrighted content by Twitch.tv/Justin.tv when it comes to streamers?
EDIT: After some research done on my part and thanks to several posters in this thread (Excalibur as a special mention) the conclusion is that streamers ARE NOT allowed to play copyrighted music on the background.
If you play music (especially recorded music), or you are recording music (includes all formats) that is not public domain you are using music under copyright and you need a license to do so!.
Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). (Twitch.tv is part of it)
Quote: To its most basic form, what this means is, if you choose to show content that you do not have legal distribution rights to, the copyright holder can request for the content to be removed. Note “distribution rights” in that statement. Just because you own a DVD of a movie, doesn’t mean you automatically have the right to show (distribute) it across the Internet.
What are the implications of this? Well, as stated by many in this thread, Starcraft 2 streams are relatively small piece of pie therefore content owners probably haven't put their eye here yet. But no doubt, copyrighted material is a serious issue and shouldn't be neglected as it's an important problem nowadays (needless to explain why).