Twitch Censored Metallica’s Live Performance During Live Streaming, Here’s Why

E-sports consultant Rod Breslau shared a post on his Twitter revealing a surprising fact about Metallica’s recent live stream performance on Twitch as part of the annual video game conference BlizzCon, apparently, Twitch decided to cut off Metallica’s performance in order to avoid DMCA.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, DMCA, is a 1998 copyright law that criminalizes the production and distribution of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works in addition to heightening the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet.

BlizzCon is an annual gaming convention held in order to promote Blizzard Entertainment’s significant franchises such as ‘Warcraft,’ ‘Starcraft,’ ‘Heroes of the Storm,’ and ‘Overwatch.’ The first BlizzCon convention was held in October 2005, and since then, all of the conventions have been held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, and featured concerts by musicians and bands such as Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne, Linkin Park, and Metallica.

However, this year’s BlizzCon, just like every other event in 2020, and in 2021, happened virtually online through Twitch which is a live streaming platform especially for gamers and held a special place for gamers who are also into rock music since it marked the return of Metallica after 7 years for a live stream performance.

While everybody was quite excited to see Metallica, as Rod Breslau revealed in his Twitter post, Twitch silenced the stream while Metallica started to perform their iconic track, ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls,’ apparently, in order to avoid using copyrighted audio.

Here is what Breslau said:

“The current state of Twitch: the official Twitch Gaming channel cut off the live Metallica concert to play 8bit folk music to avoid DMCA”

You can see the Twitter post below.