Guest Post: How Amazon’s Twitch.tv Cheats Music Creators
This is just another example of the way in which the DMCA Safe Harbor forces music creators to subsidize the businesses of mega corporations.
Guest post* by Erin M. Jacobson, Esq.
[This article was first posted on Forbes.com and previously on themusicindustrylawyer.com.]
Music creators (songwriters and performing artists) and rights’ owners (music publishers and record labels) are not collecting a new and substantial source of income – and most of them are not aware they are not collecting it. Enter Twitch, the website exploiting creators and owners without paying for a single cent of music usage.
What is Twitch
Twitch, a subsidiary of Amazon, is a live-streaming video platform that has “over two million broadcasters and 15 million daily active users.” Anyone can become a Twitch “broadcaster,” meaning users set up their own channels and live-stream various content, which includes, but is not limited to, video-game play, card games, pranks, craft tutorials and more.
The broadcasts start out as live streams and are saved on the channel for re-broadcasts and…
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