As a Twitch Streamer, streaming copyrighted music may result in a DMCA takedown notice from the copyright owner, as well as portions of your VoD being muted.
The safest way to avoid your stream or VoDs getting muted (and potential penalties or copyright infringement claims) is to play royalty-free music.
Luckily, the Twitch Music Library is available to all Twitch broadcasters for free.
Twitch Music Library
The Twitch Music Library is a list of tracks that have been made available on a royalty-free basis to Twitch broadcasters for use exclusively on the Twitch platform within a broadcaster’s video streams. These tracks are able to be used in both live broadcasts and VODs on Twitch. Remixes and alternate versions of tracks may not always be cleared, so reference the exact tracks in the Twitch Music Library before you proceed.
Here are some rules pertaining to the use of music from the Twitch Music Library:
- Singing covers is not ok unless you have the necessary rights from the copyright owner to do so. Performing music created by a musician other than yourself may make your content liable to a DMCA takedown request and may make you liable to a claim from the copyright owner.
- Broadcasting DJ sets performed at house parties is not ok unless you have the necessary rights from each of the copyright owners to do so. Mixing music created by musicians other than yourself may make your content liable to a DMCA takedown request and may may make you liable to a claim from the copyright owner. The underlying music, including samples, will be subject to Twitch’s audio recognition system.
- Music from the Twitch Music Library is only cleared for use on Twitch. VODs exported to YouTube are subject to YouTube's Content ID system.
For the most updated rules on use of music while streaming on Twitch, read the Twitch Music FAQ.
3rd Party Services
Pretzel – Royalty-free music for your monetized streams and VODs. Use on Twitch without having to worry about content ID strikes & muted content.
Monstercat Twitch Channel – A 24/7 VoD friendly music stream.
We will not mute VODs that contain Monstercat's music. While Twitch's Audio Recognition system only allows for audio muting, we ask that you only include Monstercat music in your VODs if you have purchased a Twitch whitelist license.
If you include Monstercat in your streams we ask that you purchase a Twitch whitelist license.
You can tune into our Monstercat FM channel during your Twitch streams without your VODs being muted, but please include our track listing bot in your channel by typing !join on the Monstercat FM channel at http://www.twitch.tv/monstercat
If you are not listening to Monstercat FM, we ask that you use XSplit, OBS, or similar tools to show your audience which songs are being streamed live.
If Monstercat music accounts for the majority of music used in your stream, we ask that you link to http://youtube.com/monstercat.
Popskyy – Mega Pack 1 contains 106 electronic/chiptune songs for free (name your price). Additional albums available for purchase. All songs can be used for streaming, videos, etc but link attribution is required.