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Are you a DJ spinning sets on Instagram? Yeah, about that.

Everyone is trying to find ways of staying sane at home in the era of COVID-19. Nightclubs are especially hurting. How can we ever go dancing again if physical distancing remains the norm?

With no live venues in which to spin, DJs have taken to playing sets through social media. That, however, is a problem, especially if you’re using Instagram as your platform. The issue? The right to broadcast the music.

From Page Six:

“But the platform, which permits users to play only short clips of songs, is in a tailspin because the jocks are playing tracks in full — violating Instagram’s deals with music publishing companies and labels. ‘The product is being used in a way that it hasn’t been used [before],’ an Instagram insider told us. ‘We’re looking at the relationship with partnerships [with the music industry and Instagram users] on all sides, and all things are factored in.’

“In the meantime, Instagram has been flagging shows. Marjorie ‘DJ Mad Marj’ Gubelmann told revelers during her popular Wednesday night party — which has hosted the likes of Kim Kardashian, Martha Stewart, and Miss Lawrence — that Instagram kept kicking her out of her feed this week. ‘I’ll keep going until we finish,’ she said during one set, before finally conceding, ‘I’m going to turn it off before they turn me off.’”

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Alan Cross

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