The new agreement will allow Facebook users to upload video containing copyrighted audio as well as share songs.
A press release for the deal describes it as "unprecedented." Universal's recorded music and publishing catalog will be licensed to Facebook under the terms, which means that Facebook users will be able to upload videos with copyrighted material as well as sharing songs with each other as part of new features on the social media website. Universal is the first record label to sign such a deal, which will also extend to other Facebook-owned platforms like Instagram and Oculus. The press release also promises that the deal will allow users to "access a vast library of music across a series of social features" as new features are added over time.