In the wake of Soundcloud‘s continuing controversies regarding copyright material and channel strikes, some good news for DJs have finally emerged. In an interview held with Soundcloud CTO and co-founder Eric Wahlforss, German publication Groove discovered that new negotiations have allowed the streaming site to now host complete DJ mixes without restriction.
Previously, because you could only legally upload DJ mixes to SoundCloud if you had the rights to all the tracks in the mix, at the instigation of the owners of the rights we had to take down mixes with copyrighted material.
During the negotiations for SoundCloud Go, we achieved agreement with collecting societies like GEMA in Germany, making these problems a thing of the past – even for users who do not subscribe.
This means that DJ mixes are now legal and problem-free on SoundCloud. So this is a very positive news for DJs. Furthermore, mixes should not be interrupted by advertising.
However, SoundCloud Go has been around since March, and although mixes may now be fine to upload in some territories, they have not confirmed this is the case for all territories. There has been no further comment from the Berlin-based company on the matter.
Despite seeming fairly legit, we wouldn’t get our hopes up just yet; but it is a definite step in the right direction for the streaming plattform after a fairly bumpy year.