Instagram has released guidelines for using copyrighted music in stories, live streams, and posts. The platform is also creating some changes to how pop-up notifications arrive when someone uses copyrighted art or music in their stream.
If you don’t stream live on Instagram, you presumably don’t know how this works. Up until now, Instagram sometimes used to mute parts or interrupt streams of them if they contained copyrighted music. However, this platform now has better notifications to tell users if their stream contains copyrighted content. Pop-up notifications on live-streams will 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 problems before Instagram requires to take the stream down.
Instagram’s Guidelines for Including Music in Videos
The company is trying to make it clearer how recorded music works on this platform. In its blog post advertising the guidelines that Instagram gives out the following points for the use of music:
- There are no limits on things like traditional musical performances or music in Stories.
- The higher the number of full-length recorded tracks in a video, the more likely it may be limited.
- For that reason, smaller clips of music are suggested.
- There should always be a visual content to your video; recorded audio should not be the main purpose of the video.
The blog post also points out that users can use Facebook Sound Collection for their stories and posts. These sounds are accessible to users free of cost and without limitations so that they can be safely used without licensing woes.
As we continue living in quarantine, Instagram is naturally one of the applications we use more often. The app has become a great place to check out your favorite creators and artists host live streams. Or you can see some excellent wellness guides on the platform. That said, the company needs 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 creating great content.