Twitch Cracking Down On 3rd Party Audio

Video game streaming service and newest Google acquisition, Twitch, has announced a change in policy regarding 3rd party audio and it may not make you happy.

If you listen to Sublime Pandora Radio (*cough* Hunter Pence), you may have your audio muted on archived videos according to Twitch's new notice. "Starting today, Twitch will be implementing technology intended to help broadcasters avoid the storage of videos containing unauthorized third-party audio.  We respect the rights of copyright owners, and are voluntarily undertaking this effort to help protect both our broadcasters and copyright owners."

In essence, the technology will scan 30 minute blocks of audio looking for any and all unauthorized audio and if any is detected, the audio will be muted for the entire video. This applies to all VOD playback such as archived and saved videos. You'll know if you've been flagged if you get the notice as seen at the top of this page.

For those familiar with YouTube -- another Google company -- should be rather familiar with this sort of crackdown on unauthorized material. What is interesting is if the person using the service is promoting their own music like Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit fame.