Per our terms of service, you can only upload content to Audius that you own the rights to.

However, our company cannot decide to remove your content, only you or the community can via our arbitration system, which is coming soon. This is to protect our most vulnerable users - like those in oppressive regimes, who use music as a means of dissent and protest, and those who have been on the receiving end of illegitimate, frivolous, or hostile censorship on other platforms.

When the arbitration system launches, Audius will have a network of neutral third party arbitrators made up of community members voting on the outcomes of moderation cases. Audius' protocol is designed to find consensus around disputes, resolving them in an efficient, fair, and decentralized manner.

More details around incentives powering upload and arbitration are laid out in our whitepaper in section 7: https://whitepaper.audius.co/AudiusWhitepaper.pdf

We believe this design enfranchises the artist community in ways that have long been lacking.

See the following case studies for reference on how other platforms have censored legitimate content from dissidents in the past:

  1. Li Zhi, a Chinese artist who's pro-democracy songs were deleted from China’s streaming platforms: https://twitter.com/AudiusProject/status/1143987175337316353
  2. 14 Times American Companies Self-Censored Or Apologized To Appease Communist China
    https://thefederalist.com/2019/10/10/14-times-american-companies-self-censored-or-apologized-to-appease-communist-china/
  3. List of companies bowing to China censorship pressure:
    https://mashable.com/article/china-censorship-companies-hong-kong-protests-nba/
  4. Censorship of Hip Hop Worldwide from Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
    https://youtu.be/MEZV6EE8JMA?t=527


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