Non-profit commerce group the Artist Rights Alliance (ARA) despatched a letter Monday to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos questioning his testimony to the U.S. Home Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee on July 29, about the usage of unlicensed music on the corporate’s Twitch dwell streaming service. The reply from Bezos was a part of the Home Judiciary Committee’s listening to on tech and antitrust, which included leaders Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner.
When requested by Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) if Twitch allowed content material creators to stream music with out licensing it, Bezos responded, “I’m going to need to ask that I may get again to your workplace with a solution to that query. I don’t know.”
In a letter despatched to Bezos Monday (and posted on Medium.com), ARA Board Member Tift Merritt referred to as on Amazon to do higher.
“Jeff Bezos couldn’t reply to Congress if Amazon’s Twitch dwell streaming service permitted its customers to put up unlicensed music. The music artists create is just not solely sacred in spirit and deserving respect — it additionally deserves truthful pay,” Tift wrote.
Twitch content material creators are sometimes caught between rights holders and the Amazon-owned platform as a result of Twitch usually generates Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedowns, which content material creators should adjust to by both censoring or deleting any content material containing copyrighted music. Twitch additionally started a course of this yr the place it palms out DMCA strikes based mostly on scans of clips throughout dwell streams for copyrighted music and deletes what it deems to comprise unlicensed music. Usually, the corporate requires that content material creators solely use music they’ve licensed, as per its neighborhood tips on music.
The letter goes on to say that Bezos ought to reply the query posed by Congress, and if the reply is “sure” he ought to do extra to offer options:
“If the reply is ‘sure’ we additional ask you to elucidate what you might be doing or plan to do to proactively cease that from occurring and be sure that artists and songwriters are paid truthful market worth for the work when it’s carried out on Twitch.”
The Artist Rights Alliance is a non-profit alliance of “working musicians, performers, and songwriters preventing for a wholesome inventive economic system and truthful therapy for all creators within the digital world.”