Music Guidelines values the work of songwriters, musicians, and other creative artists. As a company committed to supporting creators, we respect, and ask our users to respect, the intellectual property of those who make music and those who own or control music rights.

We know that you may have questions about what types of music content you can safely share on In order for you to better understand what uses of music are allowed for your content, we’ve further clarified these guidelines in the sections below.

  • Sharing Music on
  • Soundtrack by
  • Types of Music Content
  • Uses Permitted by Law
  • How This Impacts You

Sharing Music on

We ask that creators only share content for which they have the necessary rights. It is a violation of our policies to stream or upload content containing copyrighted music unless you have the appropriate rights or authority to share such music on

You may not include music you do not own in your streams or on-demand content (e.g., VODs, Past Broadcasts, Past Premieres, Highlights, Clips, and Uploads), except as described below or otherwise permitted by law.

Please note that buying music (such as a CD or mp3) or subscribing to a music streaming service typically does not grant rights to share the music on Such a purchase or subscription typically grants you a personal license to access the content only for your personal and private playback.

Types of Music Content

In the sections below, we describe some common types of music content, along with some information about whether you may or may not share that content on

Here are some example types of music content you may use in streams and on-demand content:

  • Music Owned By You – Original music which was written by you and either recorded or performed live by you, and for which you own or control all rights necessary to share the music on, including the rights to the recording, performance, and to the underlying music and lyrics. Please remember that if you have a contractual relationship with an organization that controls rights to the content you create, such as a record label or publishing company, you should make sure that you are not in violation of that relationship by sharing that music on
  • Music Licensed To You – Copyrighted music owned in whole or part by someone other than you, if you have secured a license to share it on from the relevant copyright holders.

Here are some example types of music content you may not use in streams or on-demand content:

  • Radio-Style Music Listening Show – A stream or VOD which focuses on playing music that is not owned by you and is not licensed for you to share on
  • DJ Set – Playing and/or mixing pre-recorded music tracks which incorporate music, other than music which is owned by you or music which is licensed for you to share on
  • Karaoke Performance – Singing or performing to a karaoke recording other than an in-game karaoke performance that is licensed for you to share on
  • Lip Synch Performance – Pantomiming, singing, or pretending to sing to music that is not owned by you or is not licensed for you to share on
  • Visual Music Depiction – Lyrics, music notation, tablature, or any other visual representation of copyrighted music other than (1) music owned by you, or (2) music which is licensed for you to share on
  • Cover Song Performance – Performance of a song owned by someone else, with the exception of a live performance in your stream. If you do perform a cover song in a live stream, please make a good faith effort to perform the song as written by the songwriter, and create all audio elements yourself, without incorporating instrumental tracks, music recordings, or any other recorded elements owned by others.

Uses Permitted by Law

Our community is a place for streamers to express themselves in remarkable, creative, and sometimes transformative ways. In addition to sharing the guidelines above, we think it’s important to note that not all unauthorized uses are infringing uses. Some examples include uses of works in the public domain and uses of copyrighted works that qualify for a defense under fair use and similar laws outside the US.

How This Impacts You

If you violate these guidelines, you may be subject to a takedown notification from music rights holders under our DMCA Guidelines. We may also take action under our Community Guidelines.

In addition, we may mute VODs and delete Clips, for example where our automated content filtering systems detect that audio in on-demand content contains unauthorized music. If you have the necessary rights to share music in your VODs, we want to ensure that your VODs are not muted.