I enjoy electronic music and making mixes / compositions of my favourite songs. I'm not a producer, I just download and put together good songs for others to listen to, such as my friends and work colleagues.

I have 30, 1-hour mixes from almost 700 different songs from many different professional electronic artists around the world including Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Will Sparks, Headhunterz etc.

If I wanted to upload my mixes for others to listen to on say YouTube or SoundCloud, would that be legal? I don't want to make any money from this and I would include a tracklist containing every song and artist on all the mixes.

I have heard that you need permission from an artist to include their song(s), but I'm not 100% sure. If it was illegal and someone posted a mix of songs including music under copyright, what would happen? (I'm not going to if I'm not allowed, but I would still like to know)


closed as off-topic by Todd Wilcox, Richard, Shevliaskovic, ttw, Tim Oct 4 '17 at 6:22

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  • Commercial recordings are protected by "mechanical rights" which are similar in principle to copyright, though the details are different. You can't "re-broadcast" them unless you get permission, or pay the appropriate fees. If you put them on YouTube and the originating company notices them, the most likely action would be to tell YouTube to take the recording down. YouTube will then notify you and probably restrict your account if you are a serial offender. On the other end of the scale, if "you" are also operating as a commercial company, you may end up being sued for a LOT of money! – user19146 Oct 3 '17 at 23:14
  • Whether it's legal is outside of the scope of this site. As Alephzero notes, whether it's legal or not you're likely to get a takedown on them because YouTube polices that stuff aggressively and they side with the copyright holder. – Todd Wilcox Oct 3 '17 at 23:54
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because legal questions are off topic. Law.stackexchange.com may be a better fit. – Todd Wilcox Oct 3 '17 at 23:55