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Instagram lays out guidelines for using music in live videos, posts on platform

Instagram has come with a set of guidelines for users when they use music in video to avoid copyright, licensing issues.

twitter-logo Yasmin Ahmed   New Delhi     Last Updated: May 21, 2020  | 15:48 IST
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Highlights

  • Social media platform Instagram has brought in certain guidelines which are to be kept in mind.
  • These are mainly to be followed by people who use the Live feature or use music in videos.
  • The guidelines have been set to avoid infringement and copyright issues.

Lockdown times witnessed a surge in the usage of social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Many artists, creators, cooks, and therapists around the world started interacting with followers through live video. Sometimes music is used in live videos as well as normal videos.

But Instagram noted that there were certain licensing issues when people used music in these videos. Instagram and Facebook are also platforms where musicians and artists also promote their music.

"This rapid rise in usage has created a lot of good during this crisis raising money for frontline workers and underserved communities, driving awareness of healthy habits, encouraging people to stay safe by staying home, and bringing people together through new forms of entertainment," Instagram's blog noted. "But it's also highlighted some confusion across the community -- especially around the use of recorded music in Live on both Facebook and Instagram."

In a bid to curb copyright infringement issues on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, the social media company has announced certain guidelines.

Instagram in its blog stated that there is no limit to users posting music in stories or covering a live band performance through stories. Instagram further stated that shorter the video, the better it will be for users. This is because the platform will limit full-length recorded tracks.

Further, the blog stated, the clip should have some sort of a visual component to their videos, and audios should not be the main purpose of it.

The guidelines issued by Instagram are consistent for all Facebook and Instagram users and all types of accounts -- i.e. pages, profiles, verified and unverified accounts.

Sometimes users may face problems while their live stream is on. This is because they may have drifted from the user policy. Instagram has brought in an early notification tool for that.

Instagram will also notify users in case their music in videos has permission issues. These notifications will minimise interruptions and prevent confusion.

"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," Instagram stated.

Instagram said that the new updates will help users make notifications clearer and make them surface earlier to adjust their streams and avoid interruptions.

The blog highlighted Facebook Sound Collection which has custom music and sound effects at no cost. The Sound Collection includes thousands of tracks available to use in the videos you share on Facebook and Instagram without any limits.

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