Instagram is starting to come down on DJs found to be in violation of their copyright policies.
With music venues indefinitely closed until the coronavirus crisis abates, DJs and other musicians’ virtual live music sets have become vital sources of entertainment.
Some DJs have been playing full songs during their live streams. but now, according to Page Six, Instagram plans to become more stringent about enforcing their copyright policy. On May 20, the social platform published updated guidelines outlining that users of the app can only play a 90-second snippet of a song and suggested they use Facebook's free-to-use music library of “custom music and sound effects.”
DJs found to be in violation of the agreement have had their sets cut short. The Roots drummer and frontman Questlove decried the move in a lengthy message posted to his Instagram page on Saturday (May 23).
“The ENTIRE world is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. DJs are heroes.They are providing essential services and calm,” Questlove wrote. He implored social media platforms, labels and publishing companies to temporarily let up on their music restrictions. “Call it being over dramatic but historians know James Brown kept Boston from rioting in 68 by providing a service,” he continued. “You are taking away that service to protect assets [and] property that won’t even be here if this continues.”
Even Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s insanely popular Verzuz series hasn’t been spared, per a comment Swizz left during Beenie Man vs. Bounty Killer on Sunday (May 24). During the match, the megaproducer issued a reminder that songs can't be “no longer than 90 [seconds].”
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