There’s been a ton of misinformation making it’s way around Facebook and the internet this week about the updated Terms of Service for Facebook. In particular, Facebook’s Music Guidelines. There is only one line that’s going into effect on October 1 and it’s in Section 3.2.
This is the line that is being added: We also can remove or restrict access to your content, services or information if we determine that doing so is reasonably necessary to avoid or mitigate adverse legal or regulatory impacts to Facebook.
Facebook’s Music Guidelines are NOT NEW!! They have been in effect since 2018 and are in effect now. Nothing is changing on October 1 for those. I did a livestream with Gordon Firemark from the Entertainment Law Update Podcast to break it all down and go over each section and what it means for musicians. Check it out below!
So the long and short of it is, you can continue doing your livestreams! If you are a cover band there are things you need to take into consideration because of copyright infringement. Some artists take this very seriously and will scour the internet to send takedown notices. Others don’t mind as much but it doesn’t change the fact that an infringement has happened.
You really need to pay attention to the Terms of Service on any social media platform that you are using to promote your music. You don’t want to be caught off guard by getting a notice about something and then it impacts your music business negatively. I hope you found this helpful and please share it with anyone you think needs to see it!
Since I did the livestream, there’s also been an update from Facebook themselves. Click this link to check it out! And I also want to share a statement from Kevin Breuner from CDBaby. Click here to check out his statement.