Before you believe false illusions and think that this article is going to solve your copyright problems in Soundcloud at a stroke, let me tell you that it is better that you spend your time on something else because this post is not about miracles.
These tips come from my experience with Soundcloud for more than five years and more specifically since the last year, in which I have been, and I am a premium user, and I have been able to upload much more content and observe some patterns that Soundcloud constantly repeats to derive what files They comply with their copyright policies and which ones do not.
Take this article as a small guide with useful information and not as a 100% safe manual so you can upload what you want to Soundcloud along with buying SoundCloud plays too.
- Try not to download your music directly from Soundcloud: It seems somewhat illogical and considering that one of the great differences between Soundcloud with respect to its more immediate competitor, Mixcloud, is that in the first one the download is allowed.
Uploading, for example, a session with familiar themes and allowing downloading in many cases means that Soundcloud deletes the session for violating its copyright policies. The “trick” is to upload the session to another website such as Dropbox, Google Drive or any file hosting portal (preferably they do not expire) and link it to Soundcloud thanks to the Buy tab found in all the files you upload. Normally in the Buy tab, Free Download or Free Download is put so that your followers know that the file can be downloaded.
- The first and second topics of a session are the most likely to have problems with copyright in Soundcloud: This point may seem stupid, but according to my experience, 90% of the sessions that Soundcloud deleted me for violating copyright had a topic known first or second.
This does not mean at all that the songs at the end of a session cannot give you copyright problems, but in my opinion, it is possible that the tool that Soundcloud uses to analyze the music that is uploaded does not analyze all the content but a part of it for Save time and money. So if you know that a song can give you problems, it is advisable to put it at the end, maybe you are lucky and do not “get caught.”
- The names of your files are important to Soundcloud: If you are one of those who continuously publish remixes of known artists, Soundcloud takes into account the name you give to those files. That is, if you made a remix of a Rolling Stones theme, for example, Soundcloud will first analyze the issue and then also consider its name to determine whether or not you have respected the copyright.
Unfortunately, at this point very little we can do about it, just remove the name of the artist and leave only the title of the song, although this strategy would be worthless if Soundcloud recognizes the song through its algorithm.
- 3 strikes and Soundcloud delete your account: Strikes on Soundcloud work just like on YouTube, if you repeatedly violate Soundcloud’s policy, the platform notifies you via email that you have a strike. If you receive three strikes, Soundcloud automatically deletes your account, and you cannot create another one with the same name.
The more strikes you have, the more “vigilant” Soundcloud becomes with the files you upload. So if you have a strike or two, consider your publication strategy because you may be in the spotlight of Soundcloud.
- Do not upload all your music at once: With the increasingly common fiber optic connections that we are lucky to enjoy in Spain, it is very easy and tempting to upload a lot of music to Soundcloud on the same day. However, it is recommended to space these uploads, because one of the “tracks” that Soundcloud follows is that suddenly your account becomes very active.
If the content you publish is your own and you have no copyright problems, absolutely nothing happens, but if suddenly Soundcloud deletes several files or notifies you of a strike, it is best to stop uploading files for a while.
It is advisable to upload at most one file a week, one of the characteristics of pirate profiles on Soundcloud is that they upload a lot of music at once. If Soundcloud deletes the account, they create another one with a different name and republish a lot of content. In the end, everything becomes a kind of mouse and cat game in which, as always, the user is the most affected.
Knowing these tips and taking them into account is probably not going to solve all the copyright problems you have or have had on Soundcloud but you may decrease them significantly.
On the other hand, with the rapid change of copyright policies in Soundcloud due mainly to the pressures of record companies in this regard, it is possible that in some time some or even all the advice presented here will serve rather little.
I would love to know your “tricks” to avoid copyright problems on Soundcloud, tell me what you do and help other DJs and producers to avoid this bitter drink.