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Twitch, scared of a DMCA strike, replaced Metallica’s music at BlizzConline

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In one of the more bizarre yet hilarious stories of the weekend, BlizzConline viewers may have been rather shocked to hear Metallica perform live, depending on where they were watching the event. If you tuned into the event via the official BlizzConline livestream or Blizzard’s own YouTube channel, you would have heard Metallica playing their classic For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Yet if you happened to watch it on Twitch Gaming you’d be met by the sight of James Hetflied strumming along to a song that certainly didn’t sound like Metallica. In fact, it sounded an awful lot like… stock fantasy music?

To avoid a DMCA on its own channel, Twitch opted to replace the entirety of Metallica’s closing performance with stock music. Given how DMCA strikes have become increasingly common on Twitch, it’s ironic to see the platform do its best to avoid any kind of copyright infringement even though users have been asking Twitch to look into the site’s often rigid and obscure implementation of the DMCA process. It’s even more ironic when you know that Metallica was the band that had a direct link to the establishment of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act back when it sued music-sharing Napster for making copyright infringement more accessible.


The result is a rather hilarious clip as fortunately discovered by Eurogamer. I say fortunately because Twitch is clearly embarrassed about the whole thing and has removed the BlizzConline VOD from the Twitch Gaming page. It could be that Blizzard had a deal with Twitch to not host the VOD and not have anything to do with Twitch being a little touched by the incident. Still, I like to believe Twitch is a little annoyed by the whole thing because lets be honest, it’s pretty silly.

Last Updated: February 22, 2021


  1. My life as a P1

    February 22, 2021 at 02:39

    A DMCA from who? Metallica were live streaming. I would assume they are not going to complain?


    • cloudzn

      February 22, 2021 at 05:15

      The record label or 3rd party acting on behalf of the label, remember last year Naughty was DMCA anyone who said anything about TLOU2 so much they even DMCA the official playstation Twitter account tweeting about the game ?


      • My life as a P1

        February 22, 2021 at 09:21

        Well yeah, but Naughty Dog wanted to hide the truth knowing it could affect sales. In this case Metallica wanted to be heard, that said if they were streaming as an exclusive for Blizzards own stream then yes Twitch could be in trouble if there’s was not officially sanctioned.


        • cloudzn

          February 23, 2021 at 02:27

          My guess twitch just wanted to play it safe but ended up giving us a good laugh instead


  2. cloudzn

    February 22, 2021 at 05:18

    My my….. how the turntables


    • Mandalorian Jim

      February 22, 2021 at 05:45

      My my… the napster debacle lives on 😛


    • Mandalorian Jim

      February 22, 2021 at 05:51

      Far too little cowbell… 😮


  3. HvR

    February 22, 2021 at 05:59

  4. Insomnia is fun

    February 23, 2021 at 01:49



  5. Parth Bhatt

    February 23, 2021 at 03:10

    One good thing Blizzcon did is having Mamamoo perform HIP there in the end. It was amazing.


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