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Are you looking for the official Instagram music copyright rules?

I’m going to share with you how to post copyrighted music on Instagram legally, so that your post doesn’t get taken down.

And if it gets taken down, I’ll show you what to do.

Let’s start.

How does Instagram detect copyright music?

Similar to most social media platforms, the process to detect copyrighted music isn’t done by a person sitting in a room listening to thousands of people’s posts (although that might be a pretty cool job).

Instagram’s system will automatically detect when copyrighted music is being played on a post.

Since this is an automated process, mistakes can happen, and music could get flagged as copyrighted and taken down even when you have permission to use it.

What actions does Instagram typically take when copyright music is detected?

When copyrighted music is used, Instagram can:

  • Mute your post and block the music from playing,
  • End your live stream, or
  • Take down your Instagram post entirely.

However, Instagram has recently rolled out a new feature that pops up with a message that alerts users when copyrighted music being used.

When using this music on live streams, Insta Stories, and other posts, a warning will appear to give the user time to change the music.

Instagram Music Copyright Rules
The message also includes instructions for how users can remedy the issue.

This new feature is an effort to avoid Instagram’s automatic interruptions like muting, blocking, or ending of a live stream.

Luckily, Instagram shared some of their Instagram music copyright rules.

Instagram Music Copyright Rules

So how to use copyrighted music on Instagram posts, videos, IGTVs, or Lives?

There is no Instagram music copyright bypass.

Instagram’s Terms of Use and Community Guidelines say that you can only “post content to Instagram that doesn’t violate someone else’s intellectual property rights”.

I’m sure you don’t want to infringe copyright laws and you don’t want your post to be removed.

So how to post copyrighted music on Instagram legally?

Luckily, Instagram shared some of their Instagram Copyright Music Rules.

Follow these 4 rules and your content should be safe:

  1. Always post a video when you are sharing music. Instagram says “There should always be a visual component to your video; recorded audio should not be the primary purpose of the video.”
  2. Keep your video short. Instagram recommends you use short clips of music. They said that “The greater the number of full-length recorded tracks in a video, the more likely it may be limited”.
  3. Unlimited music for your Instagram Stories and traditional musical performances (like filming a live artist or band performing).

Use Instagram’s copyright free music called Facebook Sound Collection. Facebook / Instagram has created a library of copyright free music and sounds that you can use. If you use their audio, your post will be safe.

Instagram Music Copyright Rules
Here are other things you can do too:

    1. Ask for permission. While easier said than done for some artists, it’s always worth the time and effort to reach out and ask the artist if you can use their music before you post with it. The worst they can say is “No”. The best they can say is “Yes” and maybe you get to become friends with a rockstar in the process.
    2. Give credit in your caption. While this may not prevent the Instagram system from detecting your copyrighted music, it can be helpful in the case of an appeal. If your content does get taken down, you can demonstrate that you did not intend to claim the music as your own, and gave appropriate credit to the owners.
    3. Collaborate! Talk to local musicians or smaller artists to see if you can work together to create custom sounds for your Instagram videos. Not only will you have copyright free music that you can legally use on Instagram, but you are supporting independent artists at the same time! It’s a win-win for everyone.

And there is an easier way to make sure you are safe 100% of the time:

Post Instagram Reel videos.

Instagram Reels are short videos (15 seconds). This is exactly what Instagram wants to avoid copyright infringements.

And the best part: Instagram Reels have an in-built Music feature.

You can use almost any songs you want for your video and post it on your feed.

If you don’t want to post an Instagram Reels video, or if you want your video to be longer than 15 seconds, then you’ll need to make sure you keep the music clips short. Try not to use the same audio for the whole 1 minute for example. Use different songs.

What can I do if my content has been taken down?

If you follow the Instagram Music Copyright rules above, your content should be safe.

However, Instagram could accidentally remove your post, or it can be “reported for copyright infringement”.

If someone reports your content, you will receive a notification from Instagram.

The notification will give you more information about the issue, like:

  • The name and email address of the rights owner who made the report, and/or
  • Other details provided in the report

If you think your content shouldn’t be removed and you were not infringing the person’s copyright, you can appeal to Instagram.

Click on this link to see how to appeal to Instagram.

That’s it!

Now you know how to post copyrighted music on Instagram.

Have fun creating your posts with music!

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