For those who have been watching BlizzCon 2021 on the Blizzard web site this 12 months, or on YouTube, and even on Twitch’s predominant channel, then you definitely obtained to listen to Metallica play For Whom the Bell Tolls. (The band beforehand carried out at BlizzCon in 2014, again within the earlier than occasions when it was an occasion that occurred in the actual world.) For those who have been watching on the Twitch Gaming channel, nevertheless, you solely heard the opening of the track, earlier than it was changed with a royalty-free magical forest plinking and plonking instrumental observe, presumably to keep away from breaking copyright regulation.
Twitch has historical past in the case of DMCA takedowns, so in a manner they’re following their very own recommendation to streamers: keep away from any recorded music you do not have the rights to. And the recommendation of Blizzard itself, whose pointers for streamers who needed to rebroadcast the occasion to look at together with their neighborhood acknowledged, “Word that some segments will characteristic copyrighted licensed music, and we advise that you don’t stream these elements of the present.” It is nonetheless a ridiculous scenario, after all.
Some within the Twitch chat appeared to favor the brand new music, with feedback like “That is my jam” and “METALLICA TRAP REMIX”, although a number of viewers merely paid their respects by typing “F”.
There is a layer of tasty irony to the actual fact this occurred to Metallica, the band who took Napster to court docket again in 2000 and helped usher within the age of zealous copyright safety their very own efficiency fell prey to.
The video has since been deleted from Twitch Gaming’s channel, although after all viewers saved clips for posterity.