Instagram Cracks Down On Quarantine DJs

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, DJ Questlove onstage during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Instagram Cracks Down On Quarantine DJs

The social platform published update guidelines outlining that users are only allowed to a snippet of a song.

Published May 27th

Written by BET Staff

Instagram is starting to come down on DJs found to be in violation of their copyright policies.

  1. 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.”

  2. 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 [19]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.”

     

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    This is the lesson we all need to learn. Yesterday all social media users got a rude abrupt pushback from “the music industry” limiting our music activity in extreme measures. These are unprecedented times. The ENTIRE world is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. DJs are heroes. They are providing essential services and calm. The astounding amount of responses the dj community has received from first responders on the job listening to their mixes. The amount of funds raised for those in need cannot be ignored. Even from an entertainment standpoint the amount of music discovered (shazamed/followed & added to lists) —I know for a fact that I’ve raised awareness to ALOT of your once dormant catalogues. That #24HoursOfStevie day alone was one giant Ivy League tutorial that kept me adding like 200+ songs to my streaming services alone. We once had a protocol for life pre Feb 2020 (matter of fact this can also apply to landlords, utility companies, etc too) but hear me loud and clear oh ye wealthy heads of social media/publishing companies/record label heads/smithers/burns/and lawyers: you cannot use the business model from PRE COVID in POST COVID TIMES!! So yeah I get it: “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's.....” (-JC) but the other side of that coin is you disrupting people’s lives in the name of an outdated model (since it’s inception the music business has never been a fair business—-let’s not forget Napster/The @DJDrama mixtape situation/& how y’all handled these 360 deals & streaming rates—-this is the one time you can really make it right. I’m begging y’all to lift these music restrictions FOR NOW —-the difference in doing us this solid is MAJOR. The amount of GOOD distraction it provides is key. Key for calm. cause w/o this music? That just opens the door for idle thoughts. Call it being over dramatic but historians know James Brown kept Boston from rioting in 68 by providing a service. You are taking away that service to protect assets & property that won’t even be here if this continues. At least FOR NOW lift the restrictions. #DJsAreHeroesToo.

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  3. 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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