In the age of quick-sharing and fake news, it’s perhaps no surprise that just last week the entire electronic music world was upset when confronted with headlines stating tha, as of October of 2020, Facebook and Instagram were not going to be allowing any more DJ live streams on their platforms due to copyright violations.
The articles did indeed specify that Facebook and Instagram intended to make DJ live streams harder than ever, cracking down on any use of music being live-streamed without a proper license. How did this happen? The social media site had updated its terms of services to make ‘music listening’ live streams a bannable offence.
The full updated text can be found below:
“If you use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience for yourself or for others, your videos will be blocked and your page, profile or group may be deleted. This includes Live.”
News outlets and individuals took that to mean that live streams were no longer permissible. Speculation abounded on whether this would mean the complete death of music live streaming on the social media platform and possible deletion of past content as well as page suspensions for anyone violating these terms of service.
Possibly alarmed by the uproar these articles caused, Facebook clarified to DJ Mag that their terms of service will not be changing from October 1st and re-issued some guidelines they initially released in May 2020, specifically for DJs and music makers streaming on their platforms. The statement, which is re-iterating a post made on their blog in May 2020 says:
Our partnerships with rights holders have brought people together around music on our platforms. As part of our licensing agreements, there are limitations around the amount of recorded music that can be included in Live broadcasts or videos. While the specifics of our licensing agreements are confidential, today we’re sharing some general guidelines to help you plan your videos better:
These guidelines are consistent across live and recorded video on both Facebook and Instagram, and for all types of accounts — i.e. pages, profiles, verified and unverified accounts. And although music is launched on our platforms in more than 90 countries, there are places where it is not yet available. So if your video includes recorded music, it may not be available for use in those locations.
While the above statement remains somewhat vague, it seems to imply that Facebook and Instagram are not going to be performing a full-on crackdown on music live streams across their platforms. Facebook continues to insist that they will not be limiting how recorded music is used on their site as of October 1st. The blog post ends with a fairly vague commitment to continue to work with music partners to “increase people’s ability to express themselves through our products.”
H/T: DJ Mag