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 upload your DJ mix on SoundCloud.
Some producers and publishers are fine with others using their material in DJ sets, but some are not and do not want their works altered or distributed without their explicit consent.
If you are able to provide proof that you do have permission from the original rights holders to publish their material in your DJ mix on SoundCloud, our Copyright Team is happy to manually review these permissions and reinstate the track onto your profile. Please bear in mind that you should have permission to use all tracks that you have included in your DJ mix, and not just the one that has been detected by our content identification system. If you do not clearly specify and prove that all these permissions have been granted by their respective copyright holders (usually record labels and publishers), your dispute will be rejected.
If you have all permissions in place, then sign into your account and fill out the dispute form here. Please link any available screenshots or images of permissions into the dispute form via a linking service.
I uploaded my DJ mix under Creative Commons, why was it still taken down?
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that has drafted a set of copyright licenses that may be used by any creator for any of their content. With Creative Commons licenses, creators have the choice to give up certain exclusive rights normally associated with copyright, while retaining others.
Although you, as the creator of the DJ mix have chosen to give up certain of these exclusive rights associated with copyright, the original creator of the track you used still owns the copyright for that part in your mix, and you will need their explicit permission to publish your track on SoundCloud and to license your DJ mix, which includes the original creator’s track, under the Creative Commons License.
I uploaded my DJ mix for non-commercial purposes, doesn't this qualify as fair use?
Fair use is a legal doctrine that primarily exists in the copyright law of the United States. Fair use limits the exclusive rights granted by copyright and allows the use of copyrighted material for certain limited purposes only, without requiring permission from the rights holder and depending on the exact use of the original work to be determined on a case by case basis. Purposes recognized under fair use may be such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching and similar activities.
However, uploading a DJ mix for non-commercial and promotional purposes to SoundCloud does not fall within the fair use exemption.