Following the news that Spotify backed out of a deal to acquire SoundCloud, the streaming platform that has launched the DJ careers of many had news of their own. SoundCloud will now allow you to post your fire DJ mixes, complete and without copyright restrictions.
The good word came to light after SoundCloud's CTO and co-founder Eric Wahlforss held an interview with the German publication Groove, during which Wahlforss said:
“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.”
It seems that the new negotiations for SoundCloud Go allowed for DJ mixes to be legal in Germany, however, SoundCloud has not confirmed this to be the case in all territories. Nonetheless, one can assume that DJ mixes may now be allowed elsewhere as well, if not in the near future. May all aspiring DJs rejoice, for your fire will not be extinguished!