How to Start a Podcast on Spotify: Beginner’s Guide
Before you start distributing your podcast to Spotify or any other podcast platform, make sure you’re using sound bytes and music you have the rights to use on your podcast.
I know you want to get creative with your podcast branding and audio storytelling and use clips from famous singers or to use mainstream songs to make your podcast more engaging and fun.
And that’s okay! Creativity is always encouraged
But before you use music or sound bytes in your podcast it is important that you get familiar with how copyright law works.
Because Spotify is also a music player, they are very strict in protecting the rights of musicians and the music that they create.
If you think that you can get away with using a clip for only a few seconds, you won’t because there are advanced AI technologies crawling content on the podcasts directories searching for music that’s not licensed. And they will find your podcast.
Even if your podcast is not making money yet, you will still be in violation of copyright laws and Spotify terms and conditions.
The consequences of you using music on your podcast you don’t own the rights to range FROM your content being flagged on the platform and getting a not-so-friendly email from Spotify ALL THE WAY TO, worst case scenario, the removal of your episodes and, podcast from the platform and possible legal action and fines.
Imagine Spotify taking down your best performing podcast episode that have been listened to thousands of times because you were not aware of this or decided to ignore the rule.
But don’t worry, your girl wouldn’t send you to figure out how to get music for your podcast on your own.