Earlier this month, Facebook announced an update to their music policy stating that come October 1, the platform may not be used 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.”
The entire section on their official music guidelines page reads,
“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.”
While this threw many artists and DJ’s into a tizzy, Facebook came out to clarify and explain themselves further. With live events coming to a screeching halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of musicians and DJ’s have had to get innovative with how they use their virtual and social media platforms. Earlier in August, Facebook announced it would let pages monetize their live streams to assist with the very issue on hand. While numerous live streams on the platform have been partnering with causes and organizations to encourage donations, now Facebook will allow creators and artists to charge for access to live streams as well.
In a clarification made to NME by a Facebook spokesperson, they said, “The music guidelines in Facebook’s Terms of Service have been in place since 2018 and we haven’t made any updates since. They were written to balance our commitment to supporting musical expression on our platforms with also ensuring we uphold our agreements with rights holders, which remains unchanged.”
While they say the same rules have been in place since 2018 and not much is changing that will negatively impact artists during their live streams, one important factor that is still in play is that DJ’s do not own the copyrights to each and every track they play and this will still continue to remain an issue with live streams getting taken down due to this copyright infringements as per their policy.