Facebook and Sony Music sign deal to let users legally upload songs in videos

Facebook and Sony / ATV Music Publishing have agreed to a deal that allows Facebook users to upload music in their videos, Bloomberg reports. Facebook and Universal Music Group signed a similar licensing agreement back in December.

Discussions between Facebook and music labels have been ongoing in some capacity since 2015, when there were some rumors the company might try to launch a streaming service. Facebook told The Verge in December that it planned to work with UMG to develop “music-based products,” though it’s not clear what those might be.

These licensing agreements are a big step toward combating copyright infringement issues on Facebook. Although the specifics of the Sony Music deal aren’t public, B…

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Lizzie Plaugic

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