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SoundCloud Denies That It Will Block All DJ Mixes That Aren't Fully Cleared

An anonymous source has claimed that a "significant and serious" round of limitations is on the horizon.
May 16, 2016, 4:30pm
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[Update May 16, 2PM]: SoundCloud has provided THUMP with a statement denying the claim made by Digital Music News that it will restrict DJ mixes.

Music streaming platform SoundCloud has refuted a claim that it may soon restrict uploads of DJ mixes to the platform. According to a report by Digital Music News, the Berlin-based company may impose a new series of "significant and serious" limitations on the uploads of mixes. Citing an anonymous source that had previously accurately tipped them off to a number of major SoundCloud-related stories, the publication said that as of right now it is unclear what exactly these restrictions will be, but that they could include a "complete block" on all DJ mixes that are not fully cleared.

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"I don't think the DJs are going to be happy," said the source in the original article. "Probably piss off a lot of subscribers too."

A SoundCloud representative told THUMP via email that the claims made in the article were false. "The DMN story has no truth to it," they said. "At SoundCloud, we're on a mission to create a place where all creativity can live. SoundCloud's creator community, including DJs, is incredibly important to us."

On March 29, SoundCloud officially joined the streaming arms race with the introduction of a new paid service called SoundCloud Go. The move followed a series of deals with the three biggest record labels—Sony, Universal, and Warner—which happened alongside a site-wide removal of content flagged over copyright claims.

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