Some tips to avoid artificial streaming

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How to avoid artificial streaming?

As part of our commitment to fight piracy and prevent fraudulent activity, we gathered some tips from our partner “Spotify” in regard to third-party promotional services. We strongly recommend you to look at this list, as they offer clear information about artificial streaming manipulation and how to prevent it.

  • Are paid third-party services that guarantee streams legitimate? 

No. Third-party promotional services that advertise streams in return for payment violate our terms & conditions, and using them could result in your music being removed from Spotify. Any service that claims to offer a guaranteed placement on playlists on Spotify in exchange for money is in violation of our terms & conditions, and they shouldn’t be used.

You can visit Spotify’s blog for a guide to gaining an authentic following through Spotify’s tools and resources.

  • What are the consequences of participating in these illegitimate services?

When we identify or are alerted to potential or confirmed cases of stream manipulation, we take action that may include the withholding of royalties, the correction of streaming numbers, and measures to ensure the artist or song’s popularity is accurately reflected in our charts. Spotify reserves the right to remove manipulated content from the platform.

If this happened to you but you believe your streams were earned authentically, you should share information with your distributor or label about the methods used to genuinely promote the content in question. They’ll work with our team to review, and hopefully, get the problem solved quickly.

  • How does Spotify protect against artificial streaming?

An artificial stream is a stream that doesn’t reflect genuine user listening intent, including any instance of attempting to manipulate Spotify by using automated processes (bots or scripts).

We put significant engineering resources and research into detecting, mitigating, and removing artificial streaming activity on Spotify so that nothing stands in the way of our mission of giving artists the opportunity to live off their art, and so that rights holders are paid as fairly as possible for their work. The integrity of this is incredibly important to us because an illegitimate stream means there are honest, hard-working artists on the other side that are impacted.

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