DJ’s nono’s and options in the pandemic.
The pandemic has changed the way things are done, and if we are talking about the music industry this change has been drastic.
For some time now, DJs in particular, have been trying to showcase their creations through all possible channels, with Twitch being one of the most used and praised platforms.
First it was Youtube and now it is Twitch.
For a long time Twitch was the dj’s salvation during the pandemic, and then, relatively quickly, it became the dj’s new nightmare.
Just like YouTube, Twitch has given in to strict copyright rules as it has become a mainstream platform.
At first, a lot of complaints were made through social media. Twitch fought back fast at all the criticism and answered through their Twitter account trying to calm down the situation.
However, much controversy occurred at the beginning, the resolution has been clear, NO DJ SESSIONS CAN BE PERFORMED. You can access this information through the following link Twitch.
The only “exception” Twitch makes is for the use of public domain works that can be justified under the law (outside the USA).
But let’s not get depressed, it’s not all negative, there is light at the end of the road, what can you do so that your streams don’t have to be taken down?
If your goal is being able to upload your mixes in a platform without being punished by Copyright, Mixcloud will be your best ally. “But I want to upload it to Youtube…” some people will think. First of all, Youtube (just like Twitch now) is clear about their policies, if you upload your mix to Youtube they will probably remove your account, so there are two options: either you make a secondary account that you don’t really care about being removed (or from which the content disappears) or directly upload content to other platforms like Mixcloud.
However, Mixcloud is not our only option, we have to take into account other platforms such as Beatport, which will allow us to stream any track that is in its own library.
In short, copyright laws are hard on certain artists, specifically DJs are the ones who are used to getting a bad deal due to the application of the copyright policies of the platforms they use. In this way, they are forced to constantly adapt to them and find supporters on these platforms.
The DJ’s struggle with the streaming platforms seems endless, but there are already many who are fighting for the rights of these artists who are so unprotected in this aspect.