Indie artist or self-published songwriter? Here’s how to get paid for your songs on Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus.
In an attempt to avoid IP issues on its platform, Facebook has entered into major deals with music labels and publishers that clears the way for fans to upload videos with copyrighted music.
Among the new orgs pairing with the world's largest social network are Global Music Rights (GMR), SESAC's HFA/Rumblefish and Kobalt Music Publishing. The new deals follow close on the heels of agreements with Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV.
Facebook teaming up with SESAC’s HFA mechanical rights organization and Rumblefish music licensing unit enables the social network to obtain licenses for the use of independent publishers’ catalogues. Facebook head of commercial music publishing partnerships Scott Sellwood stated on a blog post, “The program will enable users to upload and share videos with music on Facebook, Instagram and Oculus and allows publishers to be compensated for the use of their music. Rumblefish will also help Facebook optimize the identification and clearance of musical works through an innovative data-sharing agreement.” He added that the partnership with HFA/Rumblefish offers an opt-in for independent publishers.