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AIM and A2IM tell members to be wary of SoundCloud user licence

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014


UK and US indie label trade bodies AIM and A2IM have warned their members to be aware of a number of clauses in SoundCloud’s terms and conditions for content-uploaders, and what rights those clauses ask rightsholders to give up when uploading music to the service.

Noted by Hypebot yesterday, the warning appeared on the A2IM blog earlier this month and states: “When putting tracks up on SoundCloud, you should strongly consider turning API access off. If you do not do this, you are granting not only SoundCloud a royalty free licence to use your recordings, but also anyone else who uses their API and/or links to your recordings (eg internet radio stations, remix services or other music apps)”.

It adds: “As a SoundCloud user, you have already warranted to SoundCloud that you control all rights when using the service. This means that publishing, which you may not control, is also included in this royalty free license for onward usage. User uploads are also covered by this, so if third parties are uploading your recordings, they are also passing on a free license to other sites and services beyond SoundCloud, which effectively creates an ecosystem of royalty free usage for your music”.

SoundCloud is thought to be considering making some clarifications regarding certain parts of its current terms, though the company did not respond to a request for further information relating to the AIM and A2IM statement.