Today marked the opening ceremonies for BlizzCon, the annual event where fans of Blizzard Entertainment – those of Diablo, Starcraft, World Of Warcraft, Hearthstoneand more – come together to celebrate the company’s games, and get a glimpse of what is to come new things. And despite being completely online this year – or “BlizzConline”, as it has become clumsy portmanteau’d, the event still had some great revelations today, including news the fan favorites Diablo II will be remastered and re-released later this year. What BlizzCon 2021 was not, though, was funny – at least not before Metallica took the stage.
In any other year, one of the world’s biggest dad rock bands hanging out with collective orcs in the Blizzard fanbase would just be another hype-creating moment for BlizzCon contestants. This year, however, the opening ceremonies were broadcast online, both through the official BlizzCon site, YouTube and Twitch. And you know what happens when licensed music is played on the internet, right, folks? That’s right: Copyright issues!
Per Uproxx, the sound of James, Lars, and the boys’ performances apparently went as usual on YouTube and the BlizzCon page – although it all seems to be cut from the YouTube upload of the event. But on Twitch … On Twitch it did not go so well. That is, even though it was staged on the company’s official twitchgaming channel, the show was ominous initiated by a kyron who notes that “The forthcoming musical performance is subject to copyright protection by the applicable copyright holder.” And then this happened:
(You can see it for yourself Twitch’s broadcast of the event; The Metallica stuff starts around 1:10:00.)
And look: we can prove that someone on Twitch with intent picked the dorkiest, most Zelda forest-ass music you can imagine having Metallica rock your little hearts to, instead of broadcasting their extreme copyright music (oneand must thus deal with the possibility of issuing one of the ubiquitous DMCA Removal Alerts to himself)? Obviously not, just as we can not show conclusive evidence that Twitch then switched to, like, “lo-fi-beats to strike in public“To complete the set. It is entirely possible that it was just you know, the copyright-free sound like Twitch had at hand, which they then simply chose to dub over one of the most popular rock bands of all time. On the other hand, we can proof that it’s extremely fun to watch this happen, especially – as many have pointed out – since Metallica is at least partly responsible for the restrictive nature of the many online musical streaming laws that dominate the internet today, after their high-profile campaign against Napster all the way back to the beginning of MP3.