INTRO: So, Today Instagram has released the guidelines for using copyrighted music in live streams, stories, and posts. The social media platform is also making some changes to how pop-up notifications would appear when someone uses copyrighted music or art in their stream.
Instagram Issues Guidelines For Using Copyrighted Music
If you are such an Instagram user who don’t stream live on Instagram often, you probably don’t know how this works. Till now, Instagram used to sometimes interrupt streams, or used to mute the parts of them if they contained any copyrighted music. However, the platform now has a better notifications feature to inform users if their stream contains copyrighted content or not. Pop-up notifications on live-streams will now prompt users if their stream is likely to be muted or shut down due to the usage of licensed content. This way, users can fix any issues before Instagram needs to take the stream down.
Instagram Guidelines for Including Music in Videos
The Social media company is trying to make it clearer how recorded music works on the platform. In its blog post announcing the guidelines, Instagram has mentioned out the following pointers around the usage of music:
- There are no limits on things like music in Stories, or traditional musical performances (e.g. filming a live artist or band performing).
- 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”).
- For that reason, 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.
The blog posted by Instagram also points out that users can use Facebook’s Sound Collection for their posts and stories. These sounds are available to users free of cost and without limitations, so they can be safely used without licensing woes.
With all of That said, it’s obviously important for the company to ensure it doesn’t infringe on copyright content. Hopefully, these new guidelines and the improvements to notifications will make it easier for creators to continue making great content.