Protecting your music on SoundCloud – it is a very valid concern that you have. Not being able to prove ownership of your own music can be extremely frustrating experience. The last thing you want is to see music that you created with a lot of effort, time and money simply be claimed by another person.
So, here’s how you protect your music on SoundCloud.
First of all, you will be happy to know that SoundCloud has an automated system that prevents plagiarized uploads. In other words, if someone were to copy your track and then tried to upload that same track onto SoundCloud, SoundCloud can prevent that, on its own! All you have to do is request that your SoundCloud track be added to SoundCloud’s automatic plagiarism detection database. To do that, you have to send an email with your track’s particulars, to [email protected] You will be told what to do to add this extra layer of protection to your SoundCloud tracks.
Secondly, you must know that you have the option to choose what type of license you want applied on your SoundCloud track. If you want exclusive claim to your track, choose the default “All Rights Reserved” license that SoundCloud will apply to your uploads. If you want others to be able to use your music to collaborate and create their own music, giving credit to you, choose the Creative Commons license that allows you to claim ownership, but while giving other limited rights to use your music in certain limited ways. For example, you can choose a Creative Commons license allowing others to use your music for non-commercial work, use your work only if it is attributed to you but not allow derivative work based on your music.
As a next tip, you can actively address copyright issues on your music by reporting plagiarized content. On SoundCloud, for just about any track, you will find a “Report” button under the poster’s profile picture. Click that and you will see an option to report “Copyright infringement”. When you submit such a report, SoundCloud does a review of the reported track and will take it down, if it finds copyright infringement issues.
Now, please note that the above are measures you can take to establish copyright on your own music. But, like how SoundCloud itself says “it gets tricky if you ever need to prove copyrights”. In other words, the copyright provided by SoundCloud is as good as a deterrent to prevent plagiarism. If you had to legally prove it, in a court of law, you will need a copyright issued by some form of Government agency.
Now, identifying the right government agency to legally copyright your music in such a way that it can be easily proven in a court of law can be a daunting process. Depending on where you live, under which jurisdiction you fall and other factors, it is recommended that you choose the help of a lawyer to help copyright your content.
This can be an expensive and time consuming process. But then, to establish legal rights that can be proved in a court of law is almost always an elaborate process. If you have no idea where to begin your intellectual property copyrighting process, SoundCloud suggests this link to find your start point: http://www.wipo.int/directory/en/urls.jsp
Well, we hope that the above details would help you to know how you can protect your content on SoundCloud.
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