In May 2020, TikTok launched its Commercial Music Library, a collection of pre-cleared, royalty-free music for organic content and ad creation.
This meant that business accounts on TikTok could no longer use mainstream songs and popular music in their videos.
When TikTok set the new rules, many users faced the ‘This sound isn’t licensed for commercial use’ message and were left wondering which sounds they could use and if there is a way to fix this issue.
The article below will go through the changes, possible ways to fix them, and how using licensed songs on TikTok might affect your account.
As stated before, TikTok accounts can no longer use the original sounds of celebrities’ music for ‘marketing, advertising, sponsorships, endorsements or publicity’.
In other words, businesses and organizations that use the platform to share promotional content will need to stick to the TikTok Commercial Music Library.
Businesses that wish to continue using mainstream music will need to obtain a license that guarantees their commercial use of the music.
TikTok's restriction has disappointed many users, who now have to find innovative and creative ways to follow the latest trends.
In addition, TikTok gives a fair warning to protect the users from copyright infringement. In fact, that’s the ‘TikTok this sound isnt licensed for commercial use’ message.
On the other hand, TikTok stars and regular TikTok users with personal accounts will still be able to use their favorite songs to create TikTok videos.
To sum up, if you see the ‘This sound isn’t licensed for commercial use’ error on TikTok, it’s because you have a business account that is not allowed to use a specific sound.
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The only way for TikTok accounts to use famous songs is to switch to a personal account, as these accounts are still eligible to use the songs.
Here’s a step-by-step process:
Keep in mind that you will lose access to your TikTok analytics and the link in the bio option after switching to a personal account.
Beginning from May 2020, business accounts on TikTok cannot use mainstream music unless they have obtained a license that gives them the rights to use the songs.
For some businesses, this is a significant setback.
So, one solution is using TikTok Commercial Music Library, and a second solution is switching to a personal account.
Bonus read: Explore how to turn off TikTok notifications in your phone and in the app.