Hello there, music seekers. Welcome to Streamer’s Haven, your home for all things streaming! In this article, we will be covering two very good stream safe music groups to be used without fear of DMCA or VOD muting. Safely use Music on Twitch with Pretzel and StreamBeats!
If you’ve ever gone back to watch your past broadcasts on Twitch, You may have noticed that large portions of your stream have been muted. This is what is known as a “VOD mute”. This happens because twitch has an automated process to mute potentially unsafe music(AKA, Copyright-protected music) from your vods to protect themselves from legal action.
This protection does not extend to you.
Many streamers simply ignore this, and “deal with the mute” because VODs don’t hold much value to them. However, we believe this is a mistake for a number of reasons, which we will go into detail later about.
Suffice it to say, Streaming music or content that you do not own the rights to is asking for legal action. Who is to say the artist or interested party cough, label companies cough happens to stumble upon your clip using their content without permission or rights, a year later? If they see that you make money with their content, they are in their right to drop the hammer of law on you.
Do yourself a favor, and use Stream Safe music, or No music at all.
Why you should utilize stream-safe music on Twitch, Mixer & YouTube
Basically, you’re breaking the law by using copyright-protected music, and that’s a big no-no. And NO it is not considered fair use. We’ve been warning about this for over a year now, but now everybody is rushing to comply because they finally have an official statement from Twitch.
On YouTube content, you have the added “benefit” of the almighty copyright claim and strike. And uh, As they say, three strikes and yer out! Your account is shuttered.
With that said, there is a lot of work being done on the back end to help protect creators, which you can learn a little sneak peek from in this video by MatPat on YouTube.
That said, if you use content you don’t own, there is always a chance of getting the hammer of justice dropped on your channel’s soul.
Or something like that….
Anyways back to the topic at hand:
It is illegal to stream music on Twitch, Mixer, and upload content on YouTube that you do not own the copyright claim to.
The first, and biggest point I’m going to present to why you should be using pretzel and/or StreamBeats; It is illegal to stream music on Twitch that you do not own the copyright or permission to. You need express permission from the copyright holders, and that gets expensive, Fast. As you are making money in the form of bits and donations; You fall under commercial webcaster status. This is partly what makes big-budget movie productions so darned expensive.
This is where pretzel comes into play; All the music on this platform has been cleared by the artist or copyright holders as broadcast safe. This means you are legally allowed to use any of these songs on your stream or YouTube content without worry of DMCA or copyright claims or strikes.
Oh, and if you are a music artist, you make a 70% cut from plays.
Using copyrighted music punishes your audience
This muting of your recorded streams also punishes any potential new viewers who discovered you by a VOD of a past stream; Or a regular who wanted to catch the rest of your stream when they had to leave earlier than expected. We personally had to do this when we were watching one of our favorite streamers play through Kingdom Hearts 3. Because the game itself had copyright music (The Disney’s “Frozen” world), extremely long portions of that audio and his reactions were lost.
The result: A muted video, and poor viewer experience. We actually had to catch a separate stream of it to fill that void of lost dialogue. You don’t want this, because they may find someone else they enjoy watching more.
In that example, even using pretzel or StreamBeats would not fix the issue. After all, the music is coming from within the game itself. However, if you are streaming and the music is coming from YouTube or Spotify, You can, and should do something about it.
The demographic for viewers who watch back your previous streams on twitch is definitely small; But not small enough to dismiss entirely.
It is against Spotify EULA to stream music it hosts on any platform.
Spotify’s EULA states that the use of music from their program is prohibited for broadcasting, even if they have the correct license.
It seems pretty cut and dry to us.
YouTube is currently in the middle of a massive copyright claim controversy
Update: This seems to be much less of an issue as of 02/04/2020. There was some info about it noted in this video.
Every day, thousands of videos are added to YouTube. A lot of these videos are experiencing a massive wave of automated copyright claims and strikes; hurting the income of many creators on the platform who unknowingly use copyrighted content which can outright destroy channels who receive the strikes.
You see videos uploaded of demonetization claims by several users, how it affected their channels, and the hoops they have to jump through to even get in contact to dispute the claims. A lot of these have to do with music or sound clips used within their content; something you have the ability to curate and protect yourself from with sufficient research.
The problem is, this research is pretty difficult to pull the facts in about, requiring hours to pick through and sift through misinformation and legal mumbo jumbo.
Stream-Safe Music Resources
So what can you do? Well, as briefly mentioned, you can use resources that are “Public domain” as well as those that are cleared as being “Stream Safe” by the artist and label (if applicable).
The movement was kicked off by “Pretzel Rocks”, the original provider for stream safe music playlists. Now, others are joining the bandwagon. So here is a nice list for your convenience:
As stated in the beginning and mentioned throughout the article, Pretzel rocks was the first big effort to bring stream safe music to Streamers on Twitch, Mixer, YouTube and many other platforms. Originally, the article was written to just promote that, but since then, many other artists have joined the fray.
Artists like “Miracle of Sound” make an appearance on there, and there are several genres available to stream. It even comes with some Twitch Integration, which states the name and artist of the song to your chat. This is required in the “free version” of Pretzel Rocks, as they have a sort of license similar to the “CC BY” license. Free to use, if you give attribution. We use that license ourselves for our Free Sound effects & Alerts for Streamers.
At any rate, If you’d like to see what this services offers, you can check them out and decide if this will be your next set of tracks for streaming on twitch!
StreamBeats By Harris Heller
Next up on the list is the wildly popular “StreamBeats” created by Harris Heller. Not only that, but it is a growing list of lo-fi beat tracks to be used in YouTube & Streaming services. In fact, Harris recently added 31 more, under the “Gold Album”.
You can learn all about it in his post on Twitter about it. Our favorite track in it is “Blue River Temple”.
Tyler Lyle has just cleared all of his music as being Stream Safe
It seems that “Stream Safe music” is becoming a trend, actually. Tyler Lyle recently tweeted that all of his music is considered stream safe. So if you are looking for some Country style music, this might be a good option for you. So go on and stream it for your audience!
We hadn’t heard of Tyler until EposVox had tweeted about it earlier, so thanks to him for pointing it out! We can say we are a fan of his work and can recommend them for your stream music needs.
More Stream-Safe Music: Andrew Griffin – Lost & Found
Another resource for Stream Safe Music has appeared! Now you have even more Chill LoFi beats to accompany you in your journey as a live streaming content creator! No Strings, No Worries, No Problem! DMCA Strikes are a thing of the past!
You can read the original post on r/Twitch here about it, Or navigate directly to Andrew’s Distrokid to get a nice sample of each track. We enjoyed listening to these 10 new tracks, and are excited to see what Andrew comes up with next!
JorDat also declared their work to be Stream safe and content creation friendly
A Tweet by JorDat, another musician, has declared that their content is stream-safe and free to use. More options to choose from is always beneficial, as everyone has different tastes in music!
Let us know if your music is cleared for use by streamers!
If you are a musical artist, we want to know if its cool to stream your musical creations! Feel free to contact us at any time to inform us about your work so we can let streamers know!