There’s been a lot of confusion and fake news surrounding Facebook’s “new” restrictions and bans on music live streams, which are supposedly starting on October 1st. Look no further, here’s what’s really going on…
Facebook Announces Restrictions On Music Live Streams
Let’s break it down.
The statement in question states, “You may not use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience… If you use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience for yourself or for others, your videos will be blocked and your page, profile or group may be deleted. This includes Live.”
Now, artists saw this and freaked the hell out. “No more live streams?! How dare they?!”
First off, let’s chill out for a second.
These restrictions aren’t new. Facebook made them very clear back in 2018. What this statement is really trying to do is redefine what a “music listening experience” should be. They want engaging content with engaged viewers, not endless streaming.
Live streams on Facebook are not going away any time soon.
As we know, live streams have been dominating the music industry as the perfect alternative to live shows. However, with this new practice comes music licensing and copyright issues galore. So, these restrictions are meant to soothe those pains.
- For those who genuinely sit down and play live music for your fans, your streams are safe. Facebook has been launching new tools and initiating various improvements to make the live streaming experience even better since the beginning of quarantine, not the other way around.
- However, if you are someone who posts someone else’s music (aka music you don’t have rights to), your stream is going to get pulled. If you post a video with a generic background and music playing in the background, it’s probably going down.
Facebook is not YouTube or Spotify, nor do they want to or ever claimed to be. All they want are genuinely engaging streams with an engaged audience to match.
To check out the guidelines for yourself, click here.