[TOPIC] Discuss the actual licencing costs for copyrighted music
In the DMCA uservoice and social media there are many assumptions that Twitch or Amazon could simply purchase a licence for all music played on Twitch worldwide. Perhaps some education on what licencing costs actually are. How much it would cost to licence music for an entire stream without playing repeats.
This does not have to be a top 10 song or anything simply pick a middle of the range song commonly used for commercials or film trailers. Many agencies have their rate sheets posted publicly so collecting the data should be simple enough.
Assuming a musician is PERFORMING a song on their stream, it would be a different license than having a song play in the background. A performance license from a performance rights organization [PRO] (ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC) isn't super expensive, but definitely nothing Twitch/Amazon can't handle.
For a compromise, it would be nice if Twitch took over where Loudr left off after they were purchased by Spotify. Help musicians obtain those licenses and broker the revenue split.
Totally agree. Simply saying "No" isn't helpful.
Educate us on what is involved and why it's so complicated. And even for a moment pretend that the answer was "Yes" - what would the downside be to make that happen? Cost seems to be a big issue and maybe in that scenario the cost of bits and subs would go up, or maybe more ads, etc.
Since not every stream would benefit, would it be possible for streamers to opt-in to a program that would make it super easy for them to be protected and also for Twitch to cover the costs? Maybe a small portion of opted-in streamer revenue could go towards covering those costs rather than forcing the entire community to pay more for everything.