Rebel Galaxy Outlaw has a toggle to only allow soundtrack safe for streaming/YouTube

By Sherif Saed
7 August 2019 13:42 GMT

The developer of Rebel Galaxy Outlaw went out its way to make sure content creators don’t run into issues with music licensing.

The upcoming Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, like many games, has a soundtrack made up of plenty of licensed music. This inevitably creates problems for YouTubers and streamers, who either have to turn off the music completely, or risk getting their work claimed by license owners.

To get around this, developer Double Damage made sure to pay for in-context rights, which essentially means content creators can freely record/stream the game as the music is playing on the in-game radio, so long as it’s being used in that context and not ripped separately.

Unfortunately, Double Damage couldn’t do this for the entirety of the soundtrack, which is around 24 hours-long across over 100 tracks. Since it would be impossible for creators to know which is which, the developer added a toggle to the game’s launcher that disables all tracks that do not have the in-context license.

Ticking the ‘stream-friendly music’ box ensures that you only hear music you can use while streaming or in YouTube videos. Double Damage, however, knows that this won’t solve all problems. Even music with in-context rights may still get the videos they’re featured in flagged.

That is because the process is automated, but the developer has another solution. Right next to the stream-friendly toggle is a help page that has a stock reply content creators can use when they respond to any potential automated claims. Double Damage also made sure rights holders are aware of this, so you shouldn’t run into any issues.

Watch Double Damage’s Travis Baldree explain the feature, and walk you through the first few minutes in the video below:

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Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is out August 13 on PC. PS4 and Switch versions are in development.

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