Facebook to ban DJ Live Streams from 1st October


Facebook is about to make it harder for DJ’s to live stream sets on the platform with a set of new rules specific to everyone using copyrighted music. If these new rules are broken, Facebook could delete the affected page or profile.

Facebook’s new specific music guidelines which will be implemented from October 1 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.

This statement clearly indicates that Facebook is for sharing with friends and family only, not for sharing music. This is more specific towards artists who are trying to profiteer from playing copyrighted music on the platform. As the social network also has deals with the major labels and is not meant for streaming music performances by design this seemed inevitable. Of course, some big acts are able to bypass this, in case they are backed with a big brand sponsorship or have an arrangement with Facebook or a big label.

This new guideline will make it harder for DJs trying to entertain their audience, though the pandemic opened a Pandora’s box for copyright violations as DJs by the droves started streaming copyrighted music. 

DJ Live Streams are already breaking Facebook’s rules unless the artist has got specific permission from the record label. 

If you want to do a live stream, your best option is Mixcloud Live, a new subscription platform that’s been specifically built for DJ’s and their mixes. Their ICE License will allow you to stay online and keep streaming because their model pays labels & artists the royalties. however, it will be much harder to gain viewers and users will have to pay for a monthly description but it is 100 percent legal and has been designed for DJs.