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.


This is what Instagram has to say about Copyright appeals:

instagram copyright music appeal


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?


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:


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.


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 it!

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 sooner!

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!


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

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

43 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.

  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

    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?

  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 . 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!

    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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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?

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