Instagram will DELETE your videos for playing music 'you don't hold copyright for' – watch out for this warning

AN INSTAGRAM update will warn users if they're violating copyright rules by playing music during live videos, Stories and other posts.

Any users thought to be using music in this way will receive a pop-up notification, stating that their post could be taken down.

If you don't own the rights to a piece of music you're playing in a video or have permission to use it then you could be breaking copyright law.

This can also depend on the length of time you play the music for.

Instagram said: "These notifications are intended to alert you when our systems detect that your broadcast or uploaded video may include music in a way that doesn’t adhere to our licensing agreements.

"Updates include making notifications clearer and surfacing notifications earlier to live broadcasters, to give people time to adjust their streams and avoid interruptions if we detect they may be approaching our limitations."

Instagram reiterated that the policy surrounds unlimited use of music in Stories, live videos and when posting live music performances on your main feed.

If you're only using a short clip of music in a post then you should be fine.

Instagram stressed that it wants to encourage musical expressions while still upholding agreements with rights holders.

It explained: "These guidelines are consistent across live and recorded video on both Facebook and Instagram, and for all types of accounts — i.e. pages, profiles, verified and unverified accounts.

"And although music is launched on our platforms in more than 90 countries, there are places where it is not yet available.

"So if your video includes recorded music, it may not be available for use in those locations."

Instagram – the key facts

Here's what you need to know…

  • Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
  • It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
  • A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
  • The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
  • When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
  • In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
  • In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
  • In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
  • And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month

In other news, Joe Rogan has signed an exclusive deal with Spotify worth a reported $100million (£82million).

Facebook and Instagram have launched ‘virtual shops’ where you can buy almost anything.

And, a recent surge in users means that 2.6billion people now log onto Facebook every single month.

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