Twitch Begins The DMCA Hunt While Deleting Past Videos At Their Own Discretion

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Twitch Begins The DMCA Hunt While Deleting Past Videos At Their Own Discretion

We knew it’s been coming for a while, the inevitable bloodbath that is lawyers diving into Twitch streams and finding any audio that could belong to a client, throwing DMCA takedowns, and otherwise shaking up the streaming scene quite a bit.

Previously Twitch streams that had copyrighted music would result in the VOD being muted throughout the playing of the music, occasionally resulting in bizarre silences that could stretch for hours as a streamer wantonly let music loop in the background to accompany whatever it is they were doing.

Now, Twitch is blasting out emails that have all sorts of bizarre connotations as the Amazon-owned company attempts to figure out precisely how to encourage streamers to not play copyrighted music.

It’s worth noting that larger tech companies have attempted to reign this in, only to be met with consistent failures and struggles to understand the scene and enforcement of copyright law: YouTube continues to struggle to understand who owns what, and often chases down artists themselves to strike them for playing their own music.

To aid streamers with navigating the oft-treacherous waters of music copyright, they’ve introduced Soundtrack by Twitch that was released internationally in beta form on October 19.

This music streaming can only be used for Twitch streams, and not embedded within VODs and video hosted on other platforms, meaning that content creators will (if they choose to) need to source additional music for post-stream work.

Interestingly, the music industry could be shooting itself in the foot here, and it doesn’t appear that they are noticing.

Amazon is now sourcing independent artists that want their music to be featured within a growing interactive medium that they can, more or less, control the rights and distribution of. In the modern era where some have posited that the usage of record labels have failed to keep up with the times, a new financial powerhouse could come and make many former juggernauts of music obsolete by embracing the metaphorical cutting edge of technology.

This is what the first step towards that end-goal could theoretically look like.

Yet that may be a bit too future-leaning for the tastes of some: Twitch has stated that they are now deleting content from past streams and encouraging users to sift through the videos themselves to ensure that they aren’t infringing: to continue to do so could result in a ban from the streaming platform.

That being said, the artists absolutely should always be paid for their work; to state that ‘music should be free’ or some other form of gross naivete arguably shows more that a user doesn’t understand economics rather than some free-thought perspective. The underlying issue is how to ensure everyone is happy, while legal; until that happens, this bloodbath is just getting starting.

Expect a massive wave of streamer bans in the coming weeks.

Published at Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:57:17 +0000

Final Fantasy 9 Will Receive A Physical Release On The Nintendo Switch Console In Asian Markets

It’s pretty common nowadays for older Final Fantasy titles to receive a remastered re-release for modern consoles.

Final Fantasy IX, which has already re-released in digital form, will be releasing once more for the Nintendo Switch in Asian markets with a physical edition.

A listing on Playasia states that this physical version of the classic PlayStation 1 era RPG will work on all Switch systems sold worldwide. So, while it’s being sold in Asia only, any Switch can play it. There will be English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish language support.

Preorders are now live and we’ve gotten our first look at the game’s box art. It features the classic Final Fantasy IX logo along with pictures of every major party member in the game.

Square Enix seems to have started a new trend of releasing older Final Fantasy titles in a physical form on the Switch. Just recently, it was reported that the company was releasing a physical two pack of Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII on the Nintendo console. That releases on December 4 and has an expanded release to include Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand, and Australia.

That twin pack was also originally set to be an Asian market exclusive. This means that it is possible that we will see Final Fantasy IX get a wider release as we get closer to its launch date.

Final Fantasy IX was seen as a return to form for a lot of people when it released on the PlayStation 1 console. It was set entirely in a medieval world with airships, which many likened to the earlier installments of the Final Fantasy series.

Games like Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII were set in a more modern world with a lot of futuristic technology. It had been a while since we saw a Final Fantasy game go full medieval. And after Final Fantasy IX, we haven’t seen it again for a long time.

The next Final Fantasy title, Final Fantasy XVI, seems as though it might take place in a medieval setting, which has a lot of people excited.

We also got a very different kind of main character in Final Fantasy IX. Cloud and Squall, the protagonists of Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, were very stoic, reserved, and borderline rude to party members.

Zidane, the hero of Final Fantasy IX, was funny, charming, outgoing, and a ladies man. It was definitely a wild departure from the trends Square had been setting with its previous two titles.

Published at Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:17:59 +0000

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