Clearer Facebook guidelines to help you avoid copyright infringement during live broadcasts

Recently, Facebook has been able to further clarify its guidelines for use of any music in videos posted onto the social media platform and has also improved notifications of copyright infringement, during live broadcasts.

Previously, confusion arose over the allowance of use of music both on Instagram  and Facebook, during a live stream broadcast. Facebook has since been able to clarify the issue, in aim of giving its users reasonable time for response, before having their sounds completely cut off. The social media giant assures that it wants to proceed “to encourage musical expression’ while simultaneously abiding by set agreements and regulations.

The following guidelines will help you to prepare for your videos:

  • Whilst the presence of an audio is allowed, it should not be the sole purpose of your video or broadcast. Therefore, ensure to obey this rule by incorporating visual content in the video and avoid the use of a blank screen with music playing over it.
  • There exists no limit regarding music on live stories, for instance when you are recording a live artist performing.
  • Aim to incorporate shorter clips of music, rather than full-length record tracks, as that will make it less likely to be ‘limited’.

The latter three apply to all types of account equally, whether a personal page, a business account or a verified account.  If these appear unsatisfactory for the video you wish to make, you can always turn to Facebook’s Sound Collection. The free tool includes thousands of tracks that are available for videos to be shared both on Facebook and Instagram.

Furthermore, Facebook have now said that notifications of potentially problematic music during broadcasts will be made clearer, with much less interruption. This is in contrast to previously being interrupted or partially muted due to use of audio. This change allows for greater control for streamers, with more time to adjust their musical content before being interrupted or muted.

If you have any queries regarding the above or any other matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Lawdit team today.

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