Twitch Releases Content ID Service to Detect Copyrighted Music, Begins to Close Down Archiving Features

By Thomas Luke

August 7, 2014

Popular streaming service Twitch has partnered with Audible Magic to create  a content ID matching system which scans for copyrighted music, the company announced today.

The system will not scan live streams, but as soon as the video is archived, the content ID runs a scan. If copyrighted music is found, a 30 minute long block is automatically muted.

Twitch has also announced that an overhaul to the way its archiving system works. Citing a lack of viewership on older videos, Twitch will be removing all archived broadcasts from their servers and full broadcasts will no longer be able to marked as “save forever.” Following the announcement, Twitch temporarily disabled its export to Youtube feature due to excessive usage overloading the servers.

We need to temporarily disable the YouTube Exporter so that we can resolve increased capacity issues. The fix will take a day and should be ready for use again tomorrow.

Broadcasters will still be able to manually save their footage as a highlight, but these videos are only allowed to be a maximum of two hours in length, making it harder for long podcasts or gaming sessions to be saved.

Twitch has given no reason for these changes, although there has been some speculation that the overhauled systems are in preparation for a rumoured buyout from Google.

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