There are important changes being made to EU laws next week regarding the use of music within your podcast. Note: we have always advised against using music in your show and our stance has not changed. But we want to help you make sense of these changes and how to avoid a violation.
If you use any music in any part of any podcast episode, you need the right clearance from the correct copyright owner or owners. This is true for all types of music and regardless of the duration it’s played for. We’ve put together some practical tips on this below.
Article 17 of the new EU Copyright Directive is due to be implemented into local laws in Europe by Monday, June 7. This shifts responsibility for any copyright infringement by any podcast shared via the Acast platform and platform services, including our mobile app and embed player, directly onto us under certain conditions.
Please bear in mind that, for this reason, we’re putting in place a “take down and stay down” process to remove from our platform any copyright infringing content of which we become aware. This is in addition to the clear statement of podcast supplier responsibilities for e.g. music and sound recording clearance set out in your Acast Creator Network agreement.
Using music in your podcast
If music is a vital creative component of your show, make sure you fully understand its source and any associated clearance you’ll need. Here’s what you should know:
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