Everyone’s favourite social media giant Facebook has officially released a statement explaining the details of their music guidelines which are set to change come October 1st. The monopolizing conglomerate has shared in a lengthy statement a clarification of their rules regarding live music streaming, along with the impact that the new guidelines will have when implemented in the beginning of October.
Facebook has stated that users will no longer be able to host “music listening experiences” on their platforms:
You may not use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience. We want you to be able to enjoy videos posted by family and friends. However, 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.
Due to their music guidelines and licensing terms, Facebook has shared that this will not impact artists live streaming their own personally crafted music: however this comes as blow to DJs who (considering we are unable to attend live events in the majority of countries around the world) will most likely be impacted the hardest, as without proper licensing of other artists music on their behalf, the streams will not be allowed.
Read the full statement below:
We want to encourage musical expression on our platforms while also ensuring that we uphold our agreements with rights holders. These agreements help protect the artists, songwriters, and partners who are the cornerstone of the music community — and we’re grateful for how they’ve enabled the amazing creativity we’ve seen in this time.
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: Music in stories and traditional live music performances (e.g., filming an artist or band performing live) are permitted.The greater the number of full-length recorded tracks in a video, the more likely it may be limited (more below on what we mean by “limited”).
Shorter clips of music are recommended. There should always be a visual component to your video; recorded audio should not be the primary purpose of the video.
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.Read via Official Facebook Media