Instagram copyrights music in videos! What does this mean?

Instagram and Copyrights have walked hand in hand right from the birth of the social media giant.

There have been few incidences where people have accused Instagram of failing to tackle copyright issues on their platform. More often that not,photographers have been victims of these issues. In many cases, their photos were stolen without their consent and were SOLD elsewhere without their permission. Imagine the horror!

But well guys, its Internet.

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN HERE!

This is what Instagram has to say about Copyright appeals:

instagram copyright music appeal

Hmmm…

This means if you appeal for copyright then and only then will the copied content be taken down!

Otherwise, you are free to use or “SHARE” media without the consent of the owner.

Instagram has made it clear in it’s terms and conditions that, whatever you post on Instagram may be copied/Shared/used by anyone on Instagram.

One such incident which took place in 2014, when photographer Sion Fullana’s images were shared on Spanish Vogue’s official Instagram account without credit:

Instagram copyright Case

Later, they apologized though.

Can you copyright Instagram photos?

No!

You cannot. Best way to ensure your media is not stolen is to not to share them on Instagram!

However, after getting sued by many photographers, Instagram decided to tackle copyright issues in a more efficient manner. In 2017, Instagram rolled out a secret update which targeted users using copyrighted music in their videos!

I have an account where I share videos quite often. I just “REPOST” them on my account.

I was unknown to this update, until Instagram sent copyright claims on my email.

Here’s a snapshot:

Instagram copyright music infringement

Instagram took down many of the videos that I re-posted even though I gave full credits to their owners.

Later I found that, it was not the videos that were copyrighted it was the MUSIC!

It was then when I came to know about Instagram Copyright Music Issue!

How to Post Copyrighted Music on Instagram?

In case you love a particular music track or still want to use copyrighted music, here are few tips you can use to get around music copyright on Instagram:

1. ALWAYS GIVE CREDIT TO OWNERS!

No matter what content you Re-post/share, you should always give proper credit to owners. Also sometimes even after giving credits, your account may end up in danger as owner might not want his content to be shared anywhere.

So ASK BEFORE RE-POSTING!!

Instagram itself doesn’t forget to credit the owners of the content.

Here’s a Boomerang video of a UK blogger which was shared by Instagram’s Official Account:

A post shared by Instagram (@instagram) on

2. Appeal if you want to use the Music!

In case you use a copyrighted sound track, Instagram’s automated system may detect copyright infringement and also take your video DOWN!

Don’t panic. You can still appeal to the owners to use it. Don’t forget to give proper credits in Captions!

instagram copyright music appeal

 

3. Make slight changes to the music!

Making slight change to the music may help to skip the automated detection by Instagram, but if the owner finds your content, then you may get copyrighted claim and your content will be removed!

You can use different Video editors (Android/IOS) to add background music to your videos!

Android: Magisto, VideoShow.
IOS: Cameo, Magisto.

4. Use Copyrighted Free Music for your Videos!

There are tons of websites on internet that offer Copyright free Music on their website. You can use it to get around music copyrights.

Some websites that provide copyright free music:

Go on! Use them!

So this was all about copyrights on Instagram and how to handle it. Instagram has started taking artists and creator’s content seriously and after this music copyright update, you can expect video and image copyright updates later!

I suggest focusing on creating full proof content so that you will never face any copyright issues.

I am sure these tips will help you to bypass Instagram copyright music. Let me know what you think about this!

UPDATE:

Many people are facing this issue as seen in comments below. Some users aren’t able to appeal and while some videos are still taken down even after appealing. Instagram hasn’t yet come forward and discuss this issue in public. Best way to avoid this would be using instrumental music of the song or completely changing of the song and using copyright free music from websites listed above.

Also, If you yourself want to file a Copyright of Your Stolen Content, you can fill the Instagram copyright form here:

https://help.instagram.com/contact/372592039493026

If you have any copyrighted music appeal, you can use above link to report to Instagram. I am sure Instagram will take the content down!

68 thoughts on “Instagram copyrights music in videos! What does this mean?”

  1. Hi. Farshid, [25.07.17 23:28]
    I received this message from Instagram yesterday :

    ” We’ve removed the video you posted at 9:9 AM on July 24, 2017 because it included the following content:

    TKO UCC 7: Bad Boyz: Horn vs. Potvin by Unspecified

    If you have permission to share everything in the video including the audio, like the soundtrack or music, you can appeal the removal and have your video re-posted. Remember that people should only post videos they have the right to share.”

    I think the problem was about music. I got the music from youtube and i thought it was ok. I didnt know that i have no right to publish the music although i used just few secounds of this music. I removed the video and i sent explanation few times to Instagram..Today after i posted a new video, i got same problem and i think the number of views on my videos are not real and i I expectet more than this, according to my followers and my My previous videos. I think the number of views have been limited now and only someone can see my video or I can only see some of the views. I dont know what should i do? Instagram didnt fix my problem . What is the problem? Is it bolcking fra instagram like a ” punishment”? I think the number of views on my last post (video) are not real and i I expectet more than this according to my followers and my My previous videos. What should i do? Can you help me? Best regard from Norway.

      1. Farshid Ekhtiyarudin

        I did it…but the number of views have been limited now and only someone can see my video or I can only see some of the views. Is that, “Shadowban”?

        1. Number of views are limited now because of New Instagram Algo.
          Regarding shadowban:
          I don’t think it is a case of shadowban unless you are using spammy hashtags.
          Cheers!

  2. Question: My sister-in-law’s business had an event that I filmed and made a video of. She is wanting to post the video on Facebook and Instagram, but the soundtrack I used for the video has been flagged for copyright and taken down. I was not paid to make the video, and she isn’t making money off the video. If I give credit to the singer, can i appeal and use?

    1. You can try appealing and giving credits to singer but the copyright issue might remain if singer doesn’t want the song to be used.
      Alternatively, you can replace the music with copyright free song.

  3. How can I properly give credit to an artist of a song I used on my account? I like editing cool videos of me and my friends skydiving/surfing and I tend to add audio from my favorite artists just for kicks and I’ve never actually given credit to them despite appealing to the copyright several times for different posts. How can I properly give them credit in my caption from here on out?? Could you provide a format example?

    1. There’s no format for providing credits on instagram.
      You can simply give credits in captions. There is no guarantee that you avoid copyright through this.

      Some people just don’t want their stuff to be used.

  4. I used a clip of royalty-free music from iMovie’s sound effects. Otherwise, all the images in my video are mine. The appeal button doesn’t go anywhere. I can’t find any way to appeal.

  5. Hi Punit, I am a jazz musician. I want to create an Instagram account to post videos of me teaching jazz improvisation and just showing my ability demonstrating jazz playing. The issue that I have is that I am using music background tracks that contain real jazz musicians playing the chord progression of the song.(the arrangement). There’s no melody being played so there’s no song being played. Therefore I would not be violating any copyright laws because you cannot copyright just a chord progression/arrangement. But here’s the meat of my question… there are two issues that I am wondering if I will be violating copyright. 1) I play the melody or the song while I demonstrate. 2) the sound recording was made and owned by the big publishing giant Hal Leonard Corp. These backing tracks I speak of can be bought on Amazon. Do I need licensing from Hal Leonard to use this sound recording? So what do you think?

    1. 1. You can use melody. Song may result in copyright issue.
      2. You may need license. It really depends on company to company.

      Regarding instagram videos,
      I suggest to give it a try.
      Open a test account. Post your video on it. Check if you get copyright. If no, you can edit. If yes, you can post it on original account.

  6. I have posted a video of my sketches. And I added a song becoz it goes with my sketches. But it has been removed. What can I do. I worked really hard on those sketches and made a video out of it. Please help me out with this.

    1. Hello Arzu!
      Your video got removed because it may have contain copyrighted music.
      Use Copyright free music. You can google for free copyrighted free music.
      Make the video again using that new music.

  7. Hi Puneet,

    Instagram removed my whole account for music I’ve used in my videos…they were never the main focus of anything. What can I do ?

      1. i have sent them so many requests for help, they have not helped at all…only sent me automated response. my whole account and everything is gone. who else can I contact?

  8. Rebecca Grootendorst

    Hi!
    I recently made a video of a horseback rider (the video is mine) and I edited it to go with the music of Same Old Love by Selena Gomez. I gave credit in the caption and I worked very hard on this edit but it is saying that the music is copyrighted. If I were to replace the song I would need to do the edit all over again because it goes with the song. If I gave credit, can I appeal?

  9. Hey man, do you feel that they limit your impressions for a while after this happens? I ran into this problem and my account has took a dive this week after a few of my videos got taken down

  10. Is there a way to remove music from a video that I have already posted to instagram? They removed one of my videos today, I would like to fix this without having to remove the videos completely. Thanks for any help you can give me.

  11. I’m a magician posting my magic videos on Instagram. I would like to use well known music tracks over my magic videos. I also sing and play guitar. So do you think I can get around the copyright by playing cover versions of songs over my videos

  12. Hey Punit,
    I have this problem too, I have posted my wedding video with one of the Ed Sheeran music in 1 min. I want to know if I buy the music, Can I use it and appeal the instagram warning?

      1. Hi Punit,

        I have few questions on IG background music:
        1. Is it safe to use instrumental version of any songs, made by someone else ?
        2. For instrumental songs (classic piano pieces for example Mozart’s/Beethoven’s), any tips to deal with the copyright issues?

        Thank you

  13. Hey, Punit. I’ve made a video edit using one of my favorite artists and I’m trying to figure out how to post it without it being taken down. I’m using this song specifically so I don’t want to go the copyright free music route. I sent the artist a dm asking if I can use his song and I sent the video I wanted to use as well. I haven’t gotten a reply either way so do you think I should post the video and give the artist credit in the caption?

    1. hey smith,
      Popular artist won’t have time to reply to you.
      You can create another account on instagram as instagram helps you manage 5 accounts in a go.
      Post the video on second account and check whether it is taken down or not.
      If not, you are good to go.
      if yes, just change the song. Try instrumentals.

  14. Hi punit,
    I uploaded a slideshow on my instagram using music i downloaded on https://my-free-mp3.net . It automatically got deleted and I appealed, this time giving credit to the music artist and the link. Instagram reuploaded my account and notified me that the owner will receive a notification of my upload. Is that okay? What is the worst thing that happens in these situations?

  15. Hi Punit,

    Seems like you’re the man with answers! We run a ride service in Miami Beach. We’re rolling out carpool karaoke in each car and want to know if we’d be able to post the videos of people performing the songs.

    Thanks in advance

  16. So instagram deleted my video for copyright contents and i went to appeal it but every time i appeal it it closes out of the app

  17. Hey there,

    I uploaded a 1 min video of a 9-minute performance on BBC one, but the video was taken down because it’s copyrighted by “Saturday Night Live”?!!
    I thought I’d appeal but still I’m not authorised to publish BBC content either, I was just posting the video to share part of the performance I liked. Isn’t there a way around it?

      1. Thank you for all of your help and direction with everyone’s question. My question is do you know why can you post a clip of a tv show on YouTube but not Instagram? Are the copyright laws different within each platform?

  18. Hey!

    I make drawings inspired in songs i’m really into, and I upload them to my personal Instagram just to share what I do. And for a LOOONG time I have been planning to record the process of the drawing, edit it so it fits it a minute, THEN edit (cropping and re-aranging a bit) the song I’m drawing about, so it can fit perfectly in 1 minute.

    But this thing about Copyright came to my mind, and reading this shatters any hope of doing such personal project. Do you think that editing the song would change the way the copyright infringement works? Giving the credit the artist deserves OFC.

  19. So, I want to create a fan account of my favorite cartoon. I want to post clips from the show. What are the rules on this?

  20. Hello!

    I’ve been trying to get my video appealed, but on the notice page, with the appeal button, nothing pops up, leaving a blank page. Is this just a bug?

  21. christopher flett

    My video got taken down but did not identify the music. The email said…

    We’ve removed the video you posted at 11:19 PM on January 2, 2018 because it included the following content:

    1066387_6_VR_16_01_2 by

    What do those numbers and letters correspond to?

  22. I had planned to start posting recordings of old music from the 50’s/60’s that I have recorded on my record player. IG has been taking many down for copyright infringement.

    I feel uncomfortable with appealing because it wants me to sign my name to the fact that I have permission – which I don’t. I feel like it would be nearly impossible to get permission from each artist or their family.

    Is my idea through, or is there an easy way to get permission? Or is it not really a big deal to appeal and claim that I have permission?

    Thanks

  23. I received such a notice about a video with the ability to appeal but:
    1. I posted the same videos about a year ago and it was OK
    2. It is not music but videos that I download from Google of Fringe show. I attribute them to Fox Group.
    3. I cut them to 60 seconds videos. in all cases – 1 or 2 parts of the video were deleted and the 3rd part was published without a problem. no music but the original transcript.

  24. Hey
    I wanted to post a video of George Calin’s standup comedies , but instagram removed it with showing this message : it MAY have copyrighted content that belongs to someone else
    I posted it many times but everytime this just happened…
    I’ve seen this video in many other pages What’s the problem how can I post this video ?

  25. Hi, I recorded a video for our small business for Instagram and Facebook and the radio was playing in the background. Can we post the video? No editing or adding music later, they were just listening to music when I recorded it.

  26. Does Instagram allow pages with a high amount of followers post copyrighted music?
    I have noticed that when I have reposted videos from pages with high followers amount, that I got copyright a notification, and the video deleted. But the original video stays up on their page doesn’t and They don’t give any credit to the musical artist.

  27. Hi – trying to upload a 45 second video of choreography and it keeps getting deleted because of the background music used for the choreography. The appeals option does not show up. Rather, a message pops up listing all the countries where i can’t use the music and then suggests I contact Sony music. BUT I can upload the video on another Instagram account I have with no issues. And my students have been able to upload the same video with no issues at all. What gives?

  28. QUESTION:

    I want to post my choreography, danced on La vie en rose by Louis Armstrong, but instagram blocks it every time.
    What can I do.?
    I hope my question is reasonable. I read the upper text a few times.

    should I appeal it eventhought i have no rights.?

  29. I uploaded a video with my pet and a tv show was playing in the background. The video was removed because of the sound of the tv show. Do I need to somehow remove the sound or should I just appeal it?

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