The global music community was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic this year. With the nightlife scene essentially shut down, DJs turned to live...
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SoundCloud founder Eric Wahlforss has said in an interview that DJ mixes are now legal and “problem-free” on the service.
Wahlforss told Germany’s Groove magazine:
“During the negotiations for SoundCloud Go, we achieved agreement with collecting societies like GEMA in Germany, making these problems a thing of the past -– even for users who do not subscribe. This means that DJ mixes are now legal and problem-free on SoundCloud. So this is a very positive news for DJs.”
SoundCloud was once the go-to platform to host DJ mixes, but many DJs have stopped uploading their mixes in recent years because of increased takedowns for copyright infringement. Some have even had their accounts deleted for repeat violations.
As a result, many DJs have been uploading their mixes to less popular services like Mixcloud and Mixcrate. However, those platforms have been subject to increased takedowns over the last year, with Mixcrate closing its doors in October.
While Wahlforss’ comments are encouraging to DJs and fans, it is unclear at this point if all mixes are indeed safe on SoundCloud.