About copyrights infligements for podcast/DJ mix in Soundcloud.

  • 29 May 2015
  • 8 replies

Hi, I want to lauch a podcast every month but i'm afraid of copyrights infligements. How to put a podcast/DJ mix in Soundcloud without it removed ?

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Hi Anthony,

Give this checklist a read. If the content in your podcast passes the list then you have nothing to worry about. Hope that helps!

Thank you for the answer. I saw the link that you gived to me but I always don't understand.

For example, 2 weeks ago I tried to upload a live set that I played in a club and just after the upload I received a message from Soundcloud :

Hi Anthony Meral,Our automatic content protection system has detected that your track:

"Anthony Meral @ MAD Club - Lausanne (13.05.2015)"

may contain the following copyrighted content:

"Love Is All We Need" by Ken Loi feat. Anna Yvette, owned by Zouk Recordings (Armada)

As a result, your track has been removed from your profile for the time being.

– Wait SoundCloud, I think I have the rights to this!

If you think we’ve made a mistake, you can tell us about it by following the link below and filing a dispute. You can file a dispute if:

• we’ve wrongly identified the track
• we’ve correctly identified the track, but you have the rights to post this to SoundCloud - for example, because you are the copyright owner or have permission from the copyright owner(s).

If either of these things apply to you, tell us about it here:

To learn more about copyright, please visit our copyright information page:

Thank you,
The SoundCloud Copyright Team

I don't want the same thing happen again for my future podcast or DJ mix. How to avoid that ?
Userlevel 7
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Hi Anthony,

Thanks for getting back to me. As it says in the checklist:

Can you answer “yes” to all of the following questions?
  • Did you compose the music yourself?
  • Did you write the lyrics yourself?
  • Did you record and produce the track yourself or do you have permission from the producer or record label that made the recording?
  • Do you have written permission from all copyright owners to use any samples contained in the track
It sounds like you are using bits of tracks that are not actually created or owned by you and/or using the clips without permission. I'm afraid this leaves you in risk of running into infringement. I am sorry this was not clear to you when you joined SoundCloud but we can only offer a platform for audio. We cannot authorise the use of content that you do not have permission to use. If the identification of the infringing material is in fact yours then the message above leave directions on how to dispute the takedown.

I hope this makes sense. Please let me know if you have further questions.

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It doesn't matter dude. Soundcloud has never cared and will never care to accommodate for the needs of DJs even though many of them support them by purchasing pro accounts and getting countless users to become familiar with Soundcloud. Their copyright claim center is a joke. I suspect it is fully automated and you have no real chance to dispute the claims. A few years back they actually messaged you letting you know which track you were supposed to be having a violation on, and they would actually take the time to confirm when you submitted the dispute. Nowadays they just send you an automated message letting you know you committed a violation, without including the track ID, thus leaving you with no way to confirm if you are committing a violation or not, absolutely ridiculous. I got strikes for including remixes released on white labels that the artists are happy to let be used in DJ mixes. Soundcloud immediately rejected my dispute without even reviewing it probably, and without even telling me which track I was supposedly infringing upon. I wonder if that's even legal because as a result many paid accounts are canceled and not refunded without a proper platform to dispute these copyright claims. The DJ community is better off finding a new platform.
Anyone know of other platforms that us DJ's can share our mixes without the worry of copyright?
Anyone know of other platforms that us DJ's can share our mixes without the worry of copyright?
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled my own composition is deleted from sound cloud.

i had uploaded a song which was originaly composed by me all the contents of the song are mine... but u all deleted the song from the site... now what should i do??
Regardless of the platform, you as a user need to obtain clearance of any licensed works you are digitally transmitting on the web, in other words performing or DJing, whether that be in the form of a mix, podcast, radio show, or virtual night club. It is not the responsibility of the host or platform to provide that license for you. Mixcloud provides a license to protect themselves but not for the user- a common misconception. Read Mixcloud's terms of agreement. The amount you pay for this license is based on your audience size and a number of other factors. You should read the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 if you really want to know what is legal. PDFs are available on the web. Even if you obtain your clearance and pay for a license, there are additional regulations and guidelines you need to follow to be 100% compliant with the law.