The changes are in regards to the tracks businesses can use in videos posted to the mobile app.
According to The Washington Post video producer Dave Jorgenson, TikTok has changed its rules surrounding the commercial use of popular music.
Under the new rules, businesses and verified brands will no longer have access to the music they used to and will instead be referred to a royalty-free Commercial Music Library.
In a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account, Jorgenson shared a screenshot of the new rules, which read:
“The Commercial Music Library provides a rich and diverse pool of royalty-free music for your use in your commercial content. With this native function, you can enjoy unlimited worldwide use for your content within the TikTok ecosystem with access to high-quality, free-to-use music. This will also save you time and investment in sorting out music licensing, and, in turn, allows you to focus on creating unique and joyful content for your audiences.
“While your account will not have access to the full music library anymore, you should still have access to user uploaded sounds.”
TL;DR – Business and some unspecified organizations cannot use commercial music anymore. This includes the Washington Post tiktok account. pic.twitter.com/fdY8k50FQP
— Dave Jorgenson (@davejorgenson) May 11, 2020
TikTok has also implemented a new warning image, which will appear beside tracks not available for commercial use.
Music usage on TikTok has been a topic of discussion over the past few months, as more users include popular songs in their videos. In March, the company announced new music licensing agreements with music publishers, including Sony, Warner and Universal.