What you need to know
- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy will boast a soundtrack of licensed music, but it won't play nicely with streaming services like Twitch and YouTube.
- The game will come with a setting to disable the licensed music, protecting streamers against DMCA notices and copyright strikes.
- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy launches on Xbox, PC, Switch and PlayStation on October 26.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy will come with a killer soundtrack made up of both original music and licensed songs from the 80s. Unfortunately in the case of the latter, content creators face a problem because the music industry is a dinosaur and loves to swing the DMCA/copyright strike hammer around. It's a potentially risky thing to do, playing a game with licensed music playing out on your stream, even if it is part of the game you're playing.
If you're on Facebook Gaming, it might not be a problem, since Facebook has been one of the most forward-thinking platforms when it comes to music. But on Twitch and YouTube, in particular, you're going to want to use the built-in tool to turn off the licensed music. That's right, Square Enix is making it simple and safe to stream Guardians of the Galaxy and protect yourself.
What it will do is replace any licensed music with regular combat music so you won't have to worry about a strike. It's a shame those players won't be able to experience Billy Idol's "White Wedding" blaring out while laying the smackdown on the galaxy's bad guys, but it's better at least that their channel, and livelihood, will be safe.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy launches on Xbox, PC, Switch, and PlayStation on October 26.
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Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
The fact that this is even necessary is a sad indictment of how warped DMCA law has become. It needs a complete rewrite.
Isn't it absolutely insane that showing a game that has licensed the music doesn't count as the license being covered?
2021 and there's still a lot of things that are wrong with the music industry.
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