Copyrighted Music on Facebook?

Luria Petrucci 05.09.2016 10 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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10 thoughts on “Copyrighted Music on Facebook?

    • 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.

  1. 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.

    • Yeah, I can’t say that everything triggers it. For example, if you’re talking over the music loud enough, or not leaving a lot of pauses so there are chunks of music alone, then it can be fine but not guaranteed. The concerts – LIVE music often doesn’t trigger the takedown because it’s different enough from the copyrighted version. Especially if they’re cover bands or indie.

  2. 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 pathetic that is ? Bye bye facebook you ruined me and my community also!

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