Twitch.tv, the game streaming service, has started scanning highlights and archived broadcasts with their “Audible Magic” technology. Live broadcasts will not be scanned for potential copyright infringement of audio played within the videos and streams but Copyright holders may flag a channel to Twitch should the feel the urge.
The copyright scanning has proven to be over effective and flagged one of Twitch’s own streams for breaking a copyright. Twitch has a legal obligation to show it is attempting to prevent copyright infringement but the decision has not proven popular with vocal Twitch streamers.
Step 1 in Twitch getting ruined has now happened: http://t.co/5zkddKbtr3
— Jonathan Blow (@Jonathan_Blow) August 7, 2014
Twitch also announced that it is changing the way archived videos are stored, removing the “Save forever” option. Instead, broadcasts will be saved for 14 days by default, or a maximum of 60 days for paying subscribers and partners. Highlight clips, which can be made from a longer broadcast, of up to two hours can still be saved indefinitely. Twitch has informed users of the streaming service that they have 3 weeks to claim their past broadcasts before they are removed from the servers. The site offers a transfer option to put videos on a users YouTube channel where they can be stored indefinitely.