DMCA Resources for Streamers

What's Going On?

If you play any song, media, or game you are at risk of DMCA strikes. A strike is an enforcement measure Twitch issues to you per violation. Three or more and you will be banned from the platform. Record Labels will issue DMCA Takedowns to Twitch streamers for any copyrighted content. This includes almost all music, videos, or content you don't have a specific license to use.You need to take action NOW or face severe consequences.

Below is a Level of Risk chart, based on Devin Nash's resource page here. It covers what type of content you can stream and its associated risk level for DMCA strikes. At the bottom of the page you'll find a list of music-friendly services for livestreamers (some free, some paid). We'll continue to update this page as more resources become available.

RISK

MEDIA TYPES

NOTES

L o w

Music you have permission to stream

Creative commons

Copyright-free

Public domain music

3rd party services

Example from Devin Nash

Some copyright-free databases aren't free

All 3rd party services are listed below

M e d i u m

Indie artists, small YT channels

Video game music

Classical music (music before 1900s)

Low-fi, chillwave, indie YT playlists

Music that shows no copyright attribution on YT

Semi-popular YT videos without agency or record representation

International KPOP, JPOP

Major Events (E3 without permission)

Many indie artists welcome exposure. Send them an email and ask for permission.

Some classical music is public domain, some isn't.

Can get DMCA'd but it's unlikely.

Example of copyright attribution

Could be copyrighted later

Many have US-based record labels, increasing risk of takedowns

h i g h

Cable news (without permission)

Movies and TV shows (including trailers and soundtracks)

Popular artists and celebrities

Music videos with more than 10 million views

Songs with record labels

Top 500 songs

Record labels run automated bots that will scrape your content. 

You'll get flagged for DMCA, issued takedown notices, banned, or worse for streaming this content after 2020.

Stream-Friendly Music Options

Here's a list of stream-friendly music for streamers, YouTubers, and any other video-based content creators. Some are free, some are paid. We'll continue to update these resources as we find more options.

RISK

MEDIA TYPES

NOTES

L o w

Music you have permission to stream

Creative commons

Copyright-free

Public domain music

3rd party services

Example from Devin Nash

Some copyright-free databases aren't free

All 3rd party services are listed below

M e d i u m

Indie artists, small YT channels

Video game music

Classical music (music before 1900s)

Low-fi, chillwave, indie YT playlists

Music that shows no copyright attribution on YT

Semi-popular YT videos without agency or record representation

International KPOP, JPOP

Major Events (E3 without permission)

Many indie artists welcome exposure. Send them an email and ask for permission.

Some classical music is public domain, some isn't.

Can get DMCA'd but it's unlikely.

Example of copyright attribution

Could be copyrighted later

Many have US-based record labels, increasing risk of takedowns

h i g h

Cable news (without permission)

Movies and TV shows (including trailers and soundtracks)

Popular artists and celebrities

Music videos with more than 10 million views

Songs with record labels

Top 500 songs

Record labels run automated bots that will scrape your content. 

You'll get flagged for DMCA, issued takedown notices, banned, or worse for streaming this content after 2020.