In a recent interview with Groove magazine, Wahlforss explained that the company has struck the proper deals with various licensing groups, including Germany’s GEMA, in order to keep mixes on the platform legally and “problem free.”
“During the negotiations for SoundCloud Go, we achieved agreement with collecting societies like GEMA in Germany, making these problems a thing of the past – even for users who do not subscribe. This means that DJ mixes are now legal and problem-free on SoundCloud. So this is a very positive news for DJs.”
Since 2010, SoundCloud has used automated content identification to protect a creator’s copyright, which works by checking uploads against a database of tracks that publishers may have asked the company to block.
DJs could previously only post mixes if they had permission to use copyrighted material, leading to many having their content removed on a “strike system.” Ultimately, those with multiple strikes eventually got thier accounts terminated.
According to Wahlforss, the company will not introduce advertising into DJ mixes. He did not mention whether or not users who have had their accounts terminated for copyright infringement in the past would be allowed back onto the platform.
Thus, this news comes as a relief not only for the company itself, but for the multitudes of remixers and DJs, who prefer SoundCloud over other streaming services such as MixCloud and most recently Spotify.
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