Instagram Posts New Guidelines for the use of Copyrighted Music

Instagram has just released its new guidelines for the use of copyrighted music during live videos, Stories and other posts on the platform

Part of the announcement includes a new update to the notification that pops up to tell users they are using unlicensed art in ways that violate its rule. The changes to the pop-up notification are aimed at helping users avoid Instagram’s automated distraction if a piece of licensed music plays for too long over or in the background of a live video.

The notification will pop-up early in the live broadcast to give users the opportunity to remove the audio so that they can avoid the broadcast taken down or disrupted while watching. The company will also give clearer instructions on what to do in a situation where the stream is automatically muted or blocked due to the use of unlicensed music.

“These notifications are intended to alert you when our systems detect that your broadcast or uploaded video may include music in a way that doesn’t adhere to our licensing agreements. Updates include making notifications clearer and surfacing notifications earlier to live broadcasters, to give people time to adjust their streams and avoid interruptions if we detect they may be approaching our limitations,” Instagram’s said in a blog post.

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The company also emphasized that its policies around music usage include unlimited use in Stories and when filming live music performances and posting to main feeds.

“These guidelines are consistent across life 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,” Instagram further explained.

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