Instagram has released its music usage guidelines to better help users keep from infringing on existing licensing agreements.
Instagram revealed its guidelines on 20 May, and while not detailing the specifics of its licensing agreements, did offer users general guidelines they can follow when including music in their videos and broadcasts on the app.
Writing in a blogpost, the app said:
“As part of our licensing agreements, there are limitations around the amount of recorded music that can be included in Live broadcasts or videos.”
Instagram has offered tips users can use in order to ensure their content doesn’t get muted or taken down, including recommending that shorter music clips be used and that there be a visual component to all videos that include music.
Those wishing to include music in their content, without risk of it being removed, can also access Facebook’s Sound Collection, where thousands of tracks are available for use, without limitations.
As well, the app has clarified that Stories featuring live performances feature no limits to how long they can be.
In order to better inform users of when their videos might be infringing on Instagram’s licensing agreements, the app is updating its notification system. Notifications will appear earlier on in Live broadcasts, giving users time to “adjust their streams and avoid interruptions” if it’s detected they are approaching their music usage limit.
If a video does end up being muted or removed, the app will now make it clearer regarding the actions users can take in order to restore it.
The updated guidelines are in place for all Instagram and Facebook users, regardless of whether they’re verified or not, and will be enforced for both public and private profiles.