You uploaded someone else's track and it was taken down for copyright infringement

In accordance with current copyright legislation, you can only upload content for which you own the appropriate licenses or for which you obtained the permission from the copyright owner(s) for that purpose. Purchasing or downloading a track does not transfer rights to publicly publish the track - either in original or in an edited way - without explicit permission. In order to be able to upload the track to SoundCloud, you would need to get in touch with the original copyright holder(s).

If you are able to provide proof that you do have permission from the original rights holders to publish their track on SoundCloud, our Copyright Team is happy to manually review these permissions and reinstate the track onto your profile. Please sign into your account and fill out the disputes form here.


I uploaded the track as private, isn't that okay? 

Even if it is for your own personal use, you won’t necessarily be allowed to upload a track you don’t own the copyrights to to your SoundCloud profile as a private track. Buying or downloading a track does not necessarily give you the right to upload it to an online platform or to make it available to a wider audience. As you may know it is still possible to share private tracks with other listeners.

Remember to only upload content, both publicly and privately, that you own the copyright to or that you have the necessary rights holder permission to make a copy of and publish online. SoundCloud is using an automated content identification system that recognizes copyright protected content. If the system detects copyright protected material in a private upload, that content will be blocked.

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