Facebook is a massive social network. Management of the site, including an ability to go live, is covered by a series of Facebook Live rules and regulations, and music is one area that affects live broadcasts the most.
As broadcasters, we spend time creating content to promote our brand, our cause, and our 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. Thus, using music in our show intros and outros can attract an audience and give variety to our broadcasts. But apparently, we do hear that some broadcasters unwittingly contravene Facebook Copyright laws. I am one of them, and you may be too. Let’s figure out what Facebook has to say about the guidelines.
Facebook Guidelines For Playing Music in Live Broadcasts.
The Facebook guidelines say: “You are responsible for the content you post. You remain solely responsible for the content you post, including any music that features in that content. Nothing in these terms constitutes any authorization 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 authorized.”
What Does This Mean to Broadcasters?
If you play music that contravenes the guidelines, then Facebook may challenge your rights to play the music.
However, if you hold a license to play the music, you can APPEAL. Simply add details of your claim. If you lose the appeal, Facebook will mute the section where the music was played.
When you play unlicensed music repeatedly, Facebook can delete the videos and not notify you at all.
When Facebook Flagged My Videos
Occasionally, Facebook flags my videos for music copyright infringements, which can be shocking.
One instance was me trying to improve the quality of my broadcast countdown by adding music. This was the live stream countdown I created using Invideo. Luckily, I was able to license the music from Jamendo. If the music is flagged for infringement, I now have the necessary paperwork to dispute the claim.
Recently, Facebook flagged one of my live videos for copyright infringement, but I appealed and provided the certificate. Thankfully, they accepted my claim, and they did not mute the music since I proved that I didn’t break Facebook copyright law.
To avoid such issues, we should only use licensed music, such as those available on Canva and Invideo, when playing music on our broadcasts.
Facebook Live Copyright Music: Where to Get Royalty-Free Music
To comply with Facebook Live Rules, we should use licensed music for Facebook Live audio. Several websites offer royalty-free music that we can use. Choose a website that meets your needs, as some are free while others can be costly. As long as we use licensed music from these sites, we can safely include it in 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 offers a comprehensive library of high-quality, royalty-free music and sound effects for use in videos, films, and YouTube. With their services, you will no longer have to worry about licensing issues, as their music and sound effects are free to use indefinitely. Additionally, you can use their library on any social media platform without any restrictions.
Cost: from $12 per month.
This website helps you amplify your creative ideas with exclusive royalty-free stock music. If you already use it for stock photos, why not get music from it as well?
Cost: from $17.60 per month
Jamendo provides royalty-free music licenses for videos, advertising, YouTube, podcasts, film/cinema, and TV. With over 240,000 tracks available, their library offers a wide range of options for creators to choose from. Their licenses include broadcast rights, making it easy for creators to use their music without worrying about licensing issues.
Cost: from $65 per month
While in “Facebook Creator,” select “Creative Tools” and then “Sound Collection,” Please check the “terms and conditions” before using and make sure you won’t break Facebook Live rules.
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 poll we did inside the BeLivers group, Youtube Royalty free music scored as well as the Epidemic Sound. BeLivers is the official Be.Live Facebook group where all users can find help and support.
“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.”
It is really easy to understand Facebook Live rules and regulations.
If it’s not your piece of content – you need to have permission to use it.
How to Share Music on Your Be.Live Broadcast
Watch the videos below to play music and have Facebook Live audio in your live broadcast while avoiding copyright problems.
We can play music in our broadcasts, provided we have permission to do so. Intros created using Canva or Invideo are covered by their licensing arrangements, which means you shouldn’t be afraid of Facebook Live copyright music rules.
When we use music from royalty-free music sites, we are protected by their licensing and do not break Facebook copyright laws. When we are broadcasting our own music, there should be no problems.