Although the use of copyrighted material does not necessarily constitute infringement, as a rule DJs should exercise caution when using copyrighted content without the permission of the content owner.

Your remix was taken down for copyright infringement

  • Since your remix is based on another creator’s track, you’ll need permission from the original creator and any other relevant rights holders before you can upload and publish your remix online.
  • While some producers and publishers are fine with SoundCloud members using their material, some others are not and do not want their works used or altered without explicit consent.

Remix under Creative Commons

  • Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that has drafted a set of copyright licenses that may be used by any creator for any of their content.
  • With Creative Commons licenses, creators have the choice to give up certain exclusive rights normally associated with copyright, while retaining others.
  • Although you, as the creator of the remix have chosen to give up certain of these exclusive rights associated with copyright, the original creator of the track you used still owns the copyright for the original track, and you will need their explicit permission to publish your cover version on SoundCloud.

Remix for non-commercial purposes

  • Fair use is a legal doctrine that primarily exists in the copyright law of the United States.
  • Fair use limits the exclusive rights granted by copyright and allows the use of copyrighted material for certain limited purposes only, without requiring permission from the rights holder and depending on the exact use of the original work to be determined on a case by case basis.
  • Purposes recognized under fair use may be such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching and similar activities.
  • ​However, uploading a remix for non-commercial and promotional purposes to SoundCloud does not fall within the fair use exemption.

Report Copyright Infringement

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