Digital DJ Tips forum member DJ Beat Lynx writes: “So I have been producing for the past year and a half. Everyone seems to think that I should put my music on iTunes. Is it really worth it? I don’t even know where to begin with copyrights and all that stuff. Can you help?”
New Digital DJ Tips Subscriber Vukasin writes: “I was thinking to upload my mixes to YouTube when I make them but i found out that my videos might be banned because of copyrights. Do you know what can I do to prevent that?”
Our reader writes: “I’ve been DJing live for a year and have been purchasing tracks from all over the place. Are we allowed to play out tracks we have purchased from sources such as iTunes and Beatport?”
We’ve long warned DJs that they should not upload DJ mixes to SoundCloud – the popular audio sharing platform – because of the risk that their mixes will be removed for alleged copyright violation/s.
Our reader writes: “Are there are restrictions to remix songs without the knowledge of the singer / composer, etc of that song, and doing something to get permission? Or are DJs free to remix any songs they like?”
Recommendations published today that are likely to become law in the UK mean that consumers will be allowed to enjoy purchased music in any format they wish, which could spell the end of the unpopular “ProDub” digital DJ licence.
While it plays like a daytime kid’s cartoon, this video lays out clearly YouTube’s policy when it comes to copyrighted material being used in content carried on the site. If you’ve ever uploaded a mashup or re-edit of a track for promotion purposes to YouTube, and wondered if what you’re doing is legal or not, you’ll find out by watching this.