Facebook Gaming is making background music in live-streaming games easier now

Facebook has recently brought some interesting changes in the music scenario for Facebook Gaming. It is normal for creators and entertainers to wish to play hip hop and trendy music in the background during their gaming live streams, which can hype the viewers more and make the live streams more interesting. But the problem comes with copyright infringement issues with the music they want to play in the background.

To make things easier for these Facebook Gaming streamers, Facebook has announced that it is partnering with different music labels, and publishers including Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Kobalt Music Entertainment, Merlin, and BMG Publishing, and some more. By partnering with these labels, Facebook will be able to bring a vast catalogue of popular music in all genres for Facebook Gaming streamers to play while live streaming games.

Facebook is rolling this feature out for partnered creators first, but it says that soon it will be available for all gaming creators around the globe. In the meanwhile, the ‘non-partnered creators’ can use Facebook’s Sound Collection which includes thousands of tracks available to be used in the videos that users share on Facebook and Instagram absolutely free of cost and without any limitations.

About rights for music that will be allowed in Facebook Gaming live streams, it will all depend on the licensing agreements and the region and whatever restrictions come with it. However, the most important thing to remember is that the live stream should be about games, and not about music. The music that Facebook is allowing is just for the background; the foreground has to include gaming sounds and the instructions or comments of the gamers only. If a gamer tries to play music without gaming, that is absolutely not allowed.

Music rights will vary all around the world, but currently, licenses covering over 90 countries have been obtained and secured by Facebook.

Facebook’s music agreements cover live-streamed gaming videos and Video-on-Demand versions of those live streams. It also covers short clips of the live streams that viewers make, but it does not cover longer or edited videos that users upload separately. Users cannot use any music they want to play in such videos. For them, Facebook’s Sound Collection is to be used.

These partnered creators are allowed to use and music from any source they prefer, whether downloaded from their own collection or subscription services.

Now, this is something huge, especially when Twitch streamers had to face DMCA takedown notices and the famous karaoke program, Twitch Sings will have to see its collapse because of the same issue.

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