Cue the fantasy xylophones!Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images)Today marked the opening ceremonies for BlizzCon, the annual occasion during which followers of Blizzard Entertainment—they of Diablo, Starcraft, World Of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and extra—get collectively to have fun the corporate’s video games, and get glimpses of the all of the upcoming new stuff. And regardless of being totally on-line this yr—or “BlizzConline,” because it’s been clumsily portmanteau’d—the occasion nonetheless had some main reveals at the moment, together with information that fan favourite Diablo II is being remastered and re-released later this yr. What BlizzCon 2021 was not, although, was hilarious—not less than, not till Metallica took “the stage.”In another yr, one of many world’s largest dad rock bands hanging out with the collective orcs of the Blizzard fanbase would simply be one other hype-creating second for BlizzCon attendees. This yr, although, the opening ceremonies have been being broadcast on-line, each by means of the official BlizzCon web page, YouTube, and Twitch. And you already know what occurs when licensed music will get performed on the web, don’t you, people? That’s proper: Copyright points!Per Uproxx, the audio of James, Lars, and the boys’ efficiency apparently went out as per common on YouTube and the BlizzCon web page—though the entire thing seems to have been excised from the YouTube add of the occasion. But on Twitch…On Twitch, issues didn’t go so properly. Which is to say that, despite the fact that it was being hosted on the corporate’s official twitchgaming channel, the efficiency was ominously preceded by a chyron noting that “The upcoming musical efficiency is topic to copyright safety by the relevant copyright holder.” And then this occurred:(You can see it for your self on Twitch’s broadcast of the occasion; the Metallica stuff begins at roughly the 1:10:00 mark.)And, look: Can we show that somebody at Twitch deliberately picked the dorkiest, most Zelda forest-ass music possible to have Metallica rock their little hearts out to, as an alternative of broadcasting their extraordinarily copyrighted music (and thus having to cope with the opportunity of issuing one in all their ubiquitous DMCA takedown notices to themselves)? Obviously not, simply as we will’t present definitive proof that Twitch then converted to, like, “lo-fi beats to publicly thrash to” to complete out the set. It’s completely potential that that was simply, you already know, the copyright-free audio that Twitch had available, which they then merely selected to dub over one of the common rock bands of all time. On the opposite hand, we will show that this can be very humorous to observe this occur, particularly—as many individuals have identified—since Metallica is not less than partially liable for the restrictive character of many on-line musical streaming legal guidelines that dominate the web at the moment, after their high-profile marketing campaign towards Napster manner again on the daybreak of the MP3.