In the wake of Soundcloud‘s continuing controversies regarding copyright material and channel strikes, some good news for DJs has finally risen from the ashes. In an interview held with Soundcloud CTO and co-founder Eric Wahlforss, German publication Groove discovered that new negotiations have allowed the streaming site to now host complete DJ mixes without restriction.
Rumors that spawned earlier in the year regarding Soundcloud’s mix takedowns were met with an explosive retort from competing sites like Apple Music. Statements were issued that told DJs where to host their mixes, urging them to abandon Soundcloud and set up shop elsewhere. For many creators who had founded their careers on Soundcloud, however, the transition was not as easy as the major sites claimed it would be.
The result was an overwhelming majority of DJs that decided to stick it out on Soundcloud, and host their mixes on alternative sites like Youtube or Mixcloud, rather than convert completely to another hosting platform for all their work. Now, with Soundcloud’s update to their restriction model, it appears the period of instability might be beginning to subside.
Read Wahlforss’ statements below, translated from their original German wording.
“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.”