“How to use copyrighted music on Instagram legally” is a query we often see on forums all over the Internet. We guess that if you’ve ever thought about using copyrighted music on Instagram, finding the information you need with the facts can be difficult.
With ever-changing rules and complicated copyright laws, determining the right moves when using copyrighted music can be even more difficult.
Of course, starting with having an understanding of the Instagram rules is the most important thing if you don’t want your posts to get taken down. Even if your content gets removed by Instagram, there are ways you can restore it.
How Does Instagram Detect Copyrighted Music?
Instagram is very similar to other social media platforms in that it uses an automated system to detect when someone is using copyrighted music on one of their posts.
Because the process of finding copyrighted music is automated, it’s not uncommon for Instagram to make mistakes. In some cases, music gets flagged under copyright protection, even if you have proper permission to use it on your post.
What Happens When Instagram Detects Copyrighted Music?
When Instagram finds copyrighted music, they will usually do one of three things:
- Mute the music on your post
- Remove your post entirely
- End your post if you’re live streaming
Recently, Instagram put out a feature alerting users when they’re using copyrighted music in their content. Essentially, if you’re using music on your Instagram story, live streams or any other IG posts, you’ll get a red warning telling you that you need to change your music.
With this warning comes instructions for remedying the copyright problem.
The beauty of this new system is that users have time to fix the problem before their post is automatically interrupted, blocked, or muted.
How To Avoid Copyright Issues On Instagram
In order to avoid Instagram copyright issues, you need to follow a few tips, including:
- Giving credit to the music’s writer/composer when using their music
- Asking creators for their permission before using their music
- Remixing the track to give it a different sound
- Using royalty-free music instead
How To Use Music On Instagram Properly
Ask Creators For Permission
While asking your favorite artist for permission to use their track might not be the easiest thing in the world, you might want to put in the effort if you truly want to use it in your post. The worst thing an artist can tell you is “no.” If they give you permission with a big “yes,” you may even make a connection with your favorite artists, which is a win-win!
Give Credit to the Creators In Your Instagram Caption
You may not be able to get in touch with the music creator. In that case, you can try to credit the artist in your caption. Note that captioning your Instagram post won’t protect you from the automated system, though it might help you in the case that you have to make an appeal to Instagram when they send you a warning.
For example, if Instagram asks you to take your content down, you can show them that you never intended to claim the music as your creation and that you provided the necessary credit for the artist.
Use Royalty-Free Music
Your best bet is to use royalty-free music that is similar to the copyrighted music you wanted to use in the first place.
Instagram has a massive library of royalty-free tracks that you can use to avoid infringement issues. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the Instagram library, you can check out our near-endless library of high-fidelity, royalty-free music here on Mubert.
What Should I Do If Instagram Takes Down My Content?
There are times when Instagram accidentally removes posts or reports them for copyright infringement when it shouldn’t.
If you believe that you’re using no copyright music, you can follow the link in the copyright infringement notification you receive to make an appeal. It’s a good idea to make sure you keep ALL necessary information regarding licenses for the music you use, as it can be helpful as proof in your appeal that you used it rightfully.
How To Use Copyrighted Music On Instagram Without Copyright Issues
Whether you run an Instagram business or brand, consider yourself an influencer or just use the platform for fun, it’s important to respect the copyright rules to protect your content. Make sure that if you choose to download music and use it on your Instagram, you keep your licensing information and receipts organized for proof in case you need to make an appeal!
Follow our guide above, and you should have no problems!
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