Beatport Legally Protects DJs So They Can Sell Mixtapes Of Copyrighted Songs Without Fear Of Takedown

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DJs don’t write songs, they release mixtapes showing off their skills in music selection and blending. But since mixtapes often contain copyrighted material, they were illegal until now. Launching today Beatport Mixes lets DJs who’ve bought songs through Beatport sell them on the music store. It opens a new legal revenue stream and promotion medium for musicians who curate but don’t create.

Beatport Mixes has been in invite-only beta on the dance music store since July but today it opens to the public. It lets anyone upload and sell mixtapes. What’s special is that typically to do this, a DJ would have to get the rights to sell every song they play on the mixtape. This can be nearly impossible, between the difficulties of contacting the original artists, convincing them, and paying them off.

Beatport takes care of all of this for its DJs. As long as the DJ has…

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