Facebook is a massive social network. Management of the site is covered by a series of guidelines for the content we create, and music is one area which affects live broadcasts.
As broadcasters, we spend time creating content to promote our brand, our cause and ideas. We want to engage people and tell our stories. Live video is the most effective way to tell our stories.
We plan our content to be informative, exciting and entertaining. We use music in our show intros and outros to attract an audience and give variety to our broadcasts. We sometimes play music during our shows. We do hear that some broadcasters unwittingly contravene Facebook’s guidelines. I am one of them, and you may be too.
There are Facebook guidelines for playing music in our broadcasts.
The Facebook guidelines say:
“You are responsible for the content you post. You remain solely responsible for the content that you post, including any music that features in that content. Nothing in these terms constitutes any authorisation by us with respect to any use of music on any of our Products. Use of music for commercial or non-personal purposes, in particular, is prohibited unless you have obtained appropriate licenses. You may not use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience.
Unauthorized content may be removed.
If you post content that contains music owned by someone else, your content may be blocked, or may be reviewed by the applicable rights owner and removed if your use of that music is not properly authorised.”
What Does This Mean to Broadcasters?
If you play music which contravenes the guidelines, then Facebook may challenge your rights to play the music.
You can if you hold a license to play the music APPEAL. Simply add details of your claim.
If you lose the appeal, then Facebook will mute the music section within the video.
When you play unlicensed music repeatedly, Facebook can delete the videos. Facebook may not notify you.
When Facebook Flagged My Videos
Facebook has occasionally flagged my videos for music copyright infringements. When this happens, it is a shock. In most instances, I accepted, and Facebook muted the music.
When I started creating the Showcaster countdown clocks using Invideo, invideo is a business video creation site, for whom Jon Upton and I broadcast using BeLive I added music which they had licensed. When broadcasters started playing the Youtube videos in their shows, I decided to improve the quality and licensed music from Jamendo, a music licensing site. Now if the piece is flagged, I have the paperwork to dispute the claim.
Facebook flagged one of my live videos with a copyright claim. Facebook said that unless I appealed, they would mute the music. I appealed, providing the certificate. Facebook accepted my claim, and they did not mute the music.
We should only play music on our broadcasts when we have the rights to do so. Music from sites like Canva and Invideo is licensed for us to use.
Where to Get Royalty Free Music
We can use licensed music from the sites below which provide royalty-free music subject to terms and conditions. The sites range from totally free to rather expensive. Choose a place that meets your needs. We can safely use the music from these websites within our broadcasts.
They contain music covering every conceivable genre from folk to rock, from reggae to classical. From pop to rock. Something to suit every mood.
Epidemic Sound provide Royalty free music and sound effects for video. Struggle with music licensing for video, film or YouTube? Our library is of the highest quality, usable on all social platforms and royalty-free forever.
Cost: from $12 per month.
Amplify your creative ideas with exclusive royalty free stock music from Shutterstock. Explore our curated music library, and find your ideal track in seconds.
Cost: from $17.60 per month
Licensing: Royalty-Free Music for Videos, Ads, Films
Royalty Free Music licenses for Videos, Advertising, YouTube, Podcast, Film/Cinema, TV. Broadcast rights included. 240,000+ tracks
Cost: from $65 per month
In Facebook Creator select Creative Tools and then Sound Collection, Please check the terms and conditions before using.
YouTube Audio Library
In your Youtube Studio, access the audio library for free music. Please check the terms and conditions before using.
We have listed more music sites for you to explore on List.ly
In a recent poll in the Belivers group, Youtube Royalty free music scored well as did Epidemic Sound. Belivers is the official BeLive Facebook group where all users can find help and support.
Mitch Jackson, a good friend, lawyer and fellow broadcaster, says:
“The easy solution is as follows: If you didn’t create the content, don’t use it without the written permission of the owner or person with legal use rights.”
How to Share Music on Your BeLive Broadcast
Watch the video below to play music in your live broadcast while avoiding copyright problems
The recording from the training video (with the selected music)
We can play music in our broadcasts providing we have permission to do so. Intros created using Canva or Invideo are covered by their licensing arrangements. When we use music from the royalty free music sites, we are protected by their licensing. When we are broadcasting our own music, there should be no problems,
We can go live and play music providing we respect Facebook’s guidelines. When we play licensed music, there should be no problems.
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Steven is part of BeLive’s marketing team as a content writer. He lives in Wiltshire England close to Stonehenge, He broadcasts 6 times a week on BeLive and is an admin of the Belivers group on Facebook. He enjoys being out in the countryside and marathon walking.