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When is it Legal to Post Music on Instagram?

Believe it or not, most of the time, posting music 🎵 on Instagram is actually illegal. However, there are a few circumstances under which this is not the case. 

That being said, if you’re interested in using music on your Instagram account without violating copyright laws, try using some of these hacks to ensure you’re doing it legally:


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👍 Using 1-3 seconds

If you’re using a popular song in your Instagram post for anywhere from one to three seconds ⏱️, chances are you’re safe from a copyright flag.

While some experts say that using up to 30 seconds of a copyrighted song is safe, I always recommend that my clients use no more than three.

Therefore, if you’re using a very short snippet of a copyrighted song in your Instagram video, you will most likely avoid any flags 🚩 – especially if it’s a verse or bridge.

👍 Finding royalty-free music

Music that is royalty-free has already been legally licensed to you for certain uses. Great websites for finding royalty-free music include Artlist, Audiojungle, and Epidemic

However, keep in mind that these websites do require payment 💳 either per download or for a monthly to a yearly subscription. 

Furthermore, be sure to read the permissible uses of each song before using it on your Instagram account. Some royalty-free music is only licensed for specific uses, so it’s important to read the fine print before purchasing.

👍 Recording 🎙️ your own

It may seem obvious, but it’s important to note for any musically inclined Instagrammers out there that using your own content on social media is totally legal! 

Even if your musical talent is limited to, say, the piano 🎹, have some fun, and take creative license over the background music in your video. 

Furthermore, recording and posting cover songs are legal as well. However, if you’re planning on selling your covers for a profit 💰, you may require further action to protect yourself.

👍 Getting permission

Even if you’re not a musician, chances are you know one! Asking local artists for permission 👌 to use their content is a great way to legally post music on Instagram.

Chances are, local bands and musicians will be happy to help you out, especially when you provide them with your follower count. Free exposure for them and free music for you means everyone wins – just be sure to get their approval in writing!

That being said, if you’re looking to use hit songs your followers will recognize, you’ll have to get permission another way (unless, of course, you know Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran personally). 

Luckily, fyrfly.com has all of the top music you could possibly want. However, note that access to their site requires a yearly subscription, and downloading most of the songs your followers will recognize requires an additional fee 💲. 

Finally, be sure to keep on file the downloadable license 📝 you receive from FyrFly Song Freedom or any other song licensing website. This way, if you are hit with a false copyright flag for posting music on Instagram, you can provide the platform with proof of licensure to ensure your video stays up.