UPDATE (19 DEC 2016)
A new post by SoundCloud in their blog suggests that, although there will be far fewer cases, DJ mixes will still be deleted if they contain material creators have requested to be removed.
The deal SoundCloud made with licensing groups like GEMA means that there is far less material that will be subject for removal, but the platform will continue to match mixes against its database of tracks that copyright holders have asked SoundCloud to block.
SOUNDCLOUD LIFTS BAN ON DJ MIX UPLOADS
According to an interview on German site groove.de with Eric Wahlforss (Soundcloud co-founder and CTO), DJs are now able to legally upload mixes to Soundcloud.
If true, this is going to be great news for DJs who’ve long suffered the limitation of not being able to upload mixes due to copyright infringement. Soundclouds move toward a streaming platform (Soundcloud Go) in recent times has caused a lot of issues with DJs, who have either not been able to upload DJ mixes, had existing mixes taken down and in some cases had their accounts cancelled.
In the interview there’s some key comments we’ve translated (thanks Google!) that we found relevant.
On the initial problems of DJ mix take downs: “these problems, with the introduction of SoundCloud Go are a thing of the past, also for users who do not subscribe. Within the framework of the negotiations on our subscription service, we have also reached an agreement with recycling companies such as GEMA in Germany. This means that DJ mixes can now be legally and problem-free on SoundCloud. So this is a very positive news for DJs.”
On Advertising in streaming DJ mixes: “DJ Mixes should not be interrupted by advertising’
To read the interview in full check out groove.de
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS MOVE BY SOUNDCLOUD? IS IT TOO LATE OR A WELCOME MUCH NEEDED CHANGE?