Facebook is cracking down on livestreamed music performances, and hurting musicians in the process

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/09/14/facebook-is-cracking-down-on-l.html

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Find an alternative to Facebook. They are NOT the only game in town. If any smaller company did this, you’d dump them instantly. Facebook’s monopoly on social networking makes people think they need to accept things like this. You do not. Just dump them like the bad habit they are.

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Will this apply to all of the Trump rally streams that repeatedly use music from artists who can’t stand Trump?

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Welcome to the machine.

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I expected nothing less from a company owned by such fine altruists as Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel.

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This “pivot to video” thing is going great for Facebook.

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Music in stories and traditional live music performances (e.g., filming an artist or band performing live) are permitted.

This seems to suggest that audience members recording live performances and uploading them (bootlegs) is ok with Facebook, but performers doing the same may not be. WTF?
Apart from being a terrible company with a terrible service and terrible ethics, they seem to be pretty terrible at actually communicating and saying what they mean. Which figures.

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It also gives them the false impression that they can use it for any kind of content. Better to host in a different place (where you have more control/security) and provide your listeners with a link. Be prepared for Facebook to attempt to mess with your ability to link to outside content, too.

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Get the fuck off Facebook and any Facebook owned services and go to errr… :thinking:

Diaspora?
:man_shrugging:
Good luck bringing along all your followers…

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So frustrating. The situation around music rights for DJs online is a massive frustration and Facebook’s hegemony only makes it worse. I would LOVE to pay for a reasonably-priced license so I could post DJ performances including my own music along with music I bought and mixed with it, however, it is literally impossible to do so.

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Soon in European Union Facebook and YouTube will be the only options due to Copyright Directive, and they will probably get way shittier, as frequently happens with government-enforced monopolies.

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this might be their policy so they don’t have to pay royalties on your music. i’m no copyright expert, but anytime your music is streamed, it is effectively licensed, and those royalties for the masters are collected by a digital performance rights organization, such as Sound Exchange. it’s kinda similar to the way ASCAP and BMI are supposed to collect fees from bars and restaurants that play music. anytime your music is played for a public audience, you’re supposed to earn a royalty from that performance. Facebook just doesn’t want to pay, or get sued by artist, or more realistically, major labels.

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“I don’t understand why website run by techno-fascists bent on global domination is treating indie artists so badly!”

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precisely the fear loop/stockholm syndrome these platforms rely on

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Both Facebook and Youtube have this problem. If you play a cover of a popular song (it does not have to be your own original), you will receive a torrent of bureaucratic BS from both services.

It is time for somebody to develop a site that allows people the freedom to play either their own stuff, or interpretations of others’ that will assign a reasonable royalty to the owner and be done with it.

The technology exists, the need exists, and it raises the level of arts in a world that is becoming increasingly insular. Artists and performers need something new that actually works.

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Until meaningful antitrust regulation wakes from its long slumber then they are probably safe in that thinking.

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until individuals are willing to take meaningful action themselves, nothing is going to change, ever. no offense intended, but hoping craven politicians are going to ride in and save the day in the interest of the people is incredibly naive

Individual action only gets you so far though, the crime here is allowing massive corporations to acquire their competitors or sue them into a smoking hole when they dare to threaten them with a better platform. This is simply about enforcing antitrust legislation that Reagan and successive governments successively neutered, leaving us in the situation of five websites, each consisting of screenshots of text from the other four. Cory goes into great length about all this in his recent non-fiction novella and it’s well worth your time…

https://onezero.medium.com/how-to-destroy-surveillance-capitalism-8135e6744d59

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Yeah I came to say that this feels like it’s directly targeting djs

Sound Exchange, ASCAP and BMI…

The rights holders are corporations Thom. Maybe if you incorporate your band they’ll let you play. WTF is this world coming to?

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