• Facebook expands access to play licensed music for game streams

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    San Fransico: A good news for the game streamers, as more producers will play licenced music in the background while streaming games on Facebook Gaming. Since last September, streamers with partner status have been able to spin tracks from a wide range of publishers and labels, and now Level Up creators can as well. Level Up is a step below partner status. According to the report, creators in the first group can monetize their streams using Facebook's Stars currency, advertisements, and paid subscriptions.

    According to the company, partners receive additional benefits such as a partner badge, early access to new products, and more personalized support from Facebook. They also gain access to tools for growing their audience and features such as the ability to stream in 1080p at 60 frames per second. Songs from hundreds of music labels, publishers, and societies, including major labels like Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment, are available to streamers in both categories. In addition, the deals cover archived streams and clips created by viewers from streams to live broadcasts.

    According to the report, creators aren't limited to predetermined playlists, so they can play almost any song they want. However, Facebook notes that streamers do not have the right to use certain songs, and it will notify creators if this occurs. To avoid trouble, the streamer can remove the restricted song from their playlist. Other than that, Facebook claims its systems are better at distinguishing between having music in the background while playing games and having music as the stream's focus, which isn't permitted.

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