Are You Using SoundCloud? Here’s Something You Should Know
Specifically, if you’re uploading any of your music to SoundCloud, you should be aware of how you’ve set up your permissions for API access. When you upload a track to SoundCloud, you’re already consenting to the following:
Where does this get particularly murky and problematic? Anyone who can link or otherwise use SoundCloud’s API to access any recordings you’ve uploaded to SoundCloud – including, for example, to anyone who wants to broadcast your song on their online radio station – can also benefit from this royalty-free licence you’ve extended to SoundCloud in exchange for using their service.
“By uploading Your Content to the Platform, you also grant a limited, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid up, licence to other users of the Platform, and to operators and users of any other websites, apps and/or platforms to which Your Content has been shared or embedded using the Services (“Linked Services”), to use, copy, repost, transmit or otherwise distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, adapt, prepare derivative works of, compile, make available and otherwise communicate to the public, Your Content utilising the features of the Platform from time to time, and within the parameters set by you using the Services.”[Source].
The good news is that you can stop this from happening, if you’re so inclined – simply by turning off the API access on each track you upload onto the service. Just another reason to remind yourself to always read the fine print…