• What is Creative Commons?

    ​Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that has released a set of free and voluntary copyright licenses. With Creative Commons licenses, creators have the choice to give up certain exclusive rights normally associated with copyright, while retaining others. There are six different licenses that provide users with different levels of...
  • Why is my DJ mix being blocked for copyright reasons?

    If you use parts of a track in a DJ set, please bear in mind that the original creator owns the copyright for that part in your track and, based on current copyright legislation, you will need their explicit permission to publish your mix on SoundCloud. Some producers and publishers...
  • Can I upload cover versions of my favorite songs to SoundCloud?

    Based on current copyright legislation, you always need permissions if you would like to cover a copyrighted song in public (even if you're just using a part of the song or have provided the vocals and played all the instruments), as is the case when publishing a track on SoundCloud....
  • What is copyright?

    We've set up a page with more information on copyright here.
  • Why should I officially copyright my own content?

    As a creator, copyright is automatically granted to you at the time your work is created. You don't have to file any paperwork or publish the content online to own the copyright of your music. It is an automatic right that you have as the content creator. However, it can...
  • Valid and invalid reasons to file a dispute

    SoundCloud sees many reasons given as the basis for disputes, although a lot of these reasons are not valid. Below are some of the common reasons for filing a dispute, along with an explanation of why it is valid or not. Please note that any dispute filed based on an...
  • My original track was blocked, how do I get it back on my profile?

    If your sound is blocked, it means that our system has recognized something in your sound that is under copyright protection. If the system has prevented your own sounds from being published on your profile, it's likely that your label or distributor submitted your sounds for fingerprinting in order to...
  • Can I upload this sound I don't own the rights to if I give credit to the original artists?

    Crediting the original artists on a track does not constitute legal permission to post it online, so you'll still need explicit permission from all relevant copyright owners before you can upload someone else’s sound to your profile, use it in a DJ set or create any kind of derivative work...
  • Why is my mashup being blocked for copyright?

    A mashup is a derivative work. Since it's based on other artists' tracks, you'll need to make sure that the copyright owners of the works you included in your mashup are fine with you using them in your upload to SoundCloud, even in their edited form. Related Articles: Why is...
  • Why is my remix being blocked for copyright?

    Since your remix is based on another artist's track, you'll need permission from the original artist and any other relevant rights holders before you can publish your remix online. If you do have permission, or if your remix was taken down in error, let us know here and we'll take...