Copyrighted Music on Facebook?

Luria Petrucci 05.09.2016 36 comments

Can you use copyrighted music on Facebook Video? That’s today’s Q&A!

Today’s Question

Today’s question comes from Robbie Snooks. He asks:

Does facebook have any issues with using copyright music? The reason I’m asking is because when I’m streaming an event with youtube and if youtube hears even ambient copyright music coming from in-house speakers we often get cut off. It can be really annoying and frustrating.

Yes! Yes it can be, Robbie.

Using Copyrighted Music on Facebook

The short answer is no. You will get flagged and your video taken down.

The longer answer is this.

Facebook has had a lot of issues with people stealing content and so they’ve really hit it hard lately in terms of privacy. So their bots have gotten more aggressive and will take your videos down if they detect any copyrighted music.

You CAN dispute it if you feel you have the right to use it, or have permission. But it will come down while the dispute is happening.

The best thing to do is not use copyrighted music. Or use songs you license from Audio Jungle or Audio Blocks.

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Does this include Facebook live videos. For example, if you want to stream music from a live band.

David Foster

Yes. Especially Facebook live. They will remove your ability to go live. I’d look into whether that includes live cover bands, but I’ve seen them pulled before. Hope that helps.

Carlos Robledo

I have seen some people go live on Facebook with music in the background not being an issue. As an example some of my Facebook friends go live from concerts. I work for a school district and we are trying to go live from football games and the background music stops our broadcast.

Gabriel Rausch
Well it is stated that a work loses copyright protection and becomes part of the “public domain.” Works that have fallen into the public domain are freely available for anyone to use. The public domain exists because a central purpose of copyright law is to encourage people to make creative works, so the law gives a copyright owner certain rights, but only for a limited time i do get this but i used to stream on facebook with music going in the background on youtube guess what i got banned from being able to stream anymore on facebook 🙂 how… Read more »

What about live streaming church service? Do we have to shut it off during the singing?

David Foster

You shouldn’t have to no. This would generally only apply to playing the actual songs recorded by the original artist.


I may be a little foggy on this, but I don’t encourage the streaming/recording of music in church because we don’t have a license to do so. Copyright is a crazy world.


I see where some people say they don’t own the rights to the song! Does that help or not?


You say “You CAN dispute it if you feel you have the right to use it, or have permission.” We are part of a baseball league and they have licensed use of the music to play at the games. When live streaming the games, occasionally it picks up the music in the background and they have deleted the videos. I don’t see why we’d have to license it twice because we just happen to pick it up in the background while we’re broadcasting. So, how do we dispute with Facebook?

Riaan Eloff

Hi folks, my question relates to cover songs. I often broadcast live on FB, playing (on piano) many of my own compositions. Yet, often also, I play a cover of someone else’s song. On the Youtube Live feature, it’s easy. A claim is made, I enable monetization, and shared royalties are sorted. How would one do this on FB? I obviously have no issue getting the royalties to the relevant artists, but, I have no idea how this is done via FB.


I’ve seen some users on Facebook go live and the live video’s caption will say something along the lines of “I don’t own the copyright to the music playing”. Does that make a difference? Can FaceBook auto detect the music and if so will it ignore the takedown of the caption states that you don’t own the music? Or is this a useless thing to mention?


Does this apply to music being played on the platform?


What if I produce the music myself? It’s sounds like no one else music. It’s mine. Would that trigger the “bots” as it were?

Blair Zaye
Hey, Im an artist and I have music playing in the background as I paint… The music is usually coming from Spotify (which I pay for) I have started doing painting as a performance then performance and video and now video as streaming live to facebook, will I get flagged? Also… If I do get flagged can I still download the streamed content? then perhaps remove the sound and re-up? Because I am using a action cam and it doesnt allow me to stream and record at the same time… so I would loose that footage(currently downloading the footage after… Read more »
David Foster

You will indeed get flagged playing music from Spotify. You need to get royalty free music. This is the site I personally use, as it has really cool music:

You have to be very careful, because they will suspend your account if you do this more than once. I have seen it happen. If you get flagged, sometimes that is all you will get, and if it is flagged, you cannot access the video in question, because they actually take it down from some platforms.

Darnell A Clark
first of all my name is Darnell Clark and I was playing music in my background while I was on live and I paid for the music I was playing Facebook let me put it on my page but then they took it off soon after and that doesn’t even happen if it was a problem it wouldn’t let me put it on my page in the first place and I’m complying what iTunes I’ll see you videos all the time with music playing in the background how many of them actually pay for theirs and I don’t see how… Read more »
David Foster
When you say you “paid” for the music, and you mention iTunes, are you saying you are buying a song in Apple Music, and then playing that on your videos? Because buying a song in iTunes is not even close to the same as buying a license to play that song. We use music from a site called EpidemicSound. It is royalty free, and we are paying a monthly fee to license that music on our channels. So you technically do not OWN the music you’re buying. You are only paying for the right to play it on your phone.… Read more »

I’m curious about playing Pandora in the background? Someone said that if you used a paid subscription platform you wouldn’t be flagged?


What if I’m using 1 min. part of a copyrighted music of 4 mins. in background for the video that has been shot by me ?
I got a notification saying it contains content that would infringe copyright. And also there was an option to ingnore and post it anyway. Should I chose that option, is it allowed?
I’m from India.

This just doesn’t make any sense. We have music playing in the background of a “live” video. Music that is available to everyone and anyone at any time of the day. It’s there for sound, not any other reason while we sell a product. I’m talking like pearls, jewelry.. things 10’s of thousands do. There’s got to be a way for the every day joe/jane blow to be able to have random music playing just for ambience. I’d be willing to pay a 5/10 dollar fee a month x’s millions that would do this.. just so my “live” sale videos… Read more »
Radio Richmond

We are a radio station who pays streaming fees. How do we get facebook to acknowledge this?


Planning to Facebook Live a high school music festival. Bands playing charts that were purchased. Any thoughts