SoundCloud will stop taking down DJ mixes after licensing deal
publish date: 2016-12-12
SoundCloud will no longer remove DJ mixes due to copyright infringement, its founder Eric Wahlforss has confirmed.
After striking deals with licensing groups, including Germany's GEMA, hosting mixes on its site will now be 'problem free', Wahlforss said in an interview with Groove magazine.
The streaming service has proved an inhospitable platform for mixes in the past. Since the introduction of a copyright identification system in 2010, SoundCloud has automatically removed mixes that contain any tracks which are listed in a database of restricted content provided by publishers and producers.
DJs and artists could previously only post mixes if they had permission to use the copyrighted tracks. However, the system was prone to mistakes, in some cases removing content featuring the uploader's own material.