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Question about cover songs

Discussion in 'Studio Lounge' started by Tuck, Aug 19, 2004.

  1. Tuck

    Tuck Active Member

    Hey,
    Im starting a band and right now we have learned a few cover from The White Stripes, The Kinks and Chuck Berry. Were most likely to be doing a CD this winter that we might sell for like $5 or something. The CD would have mostly our own songs and a few covers. But i wondering if we can do covers on a CD. Does anyone know if we have to talk to someone about it or can we just record the songs.
    Thanks
    Tuck
     
  2. EricK

    EricK Guest

    Visit DiscMakers, they are a good source of information:
    http://www.discmakers.com/music/preparingyourorder/copyrights.asp

    Scroll down to #3. Basically you will need to secure a compulsory mechanical liscence from the Harry Fox Agency. This can be done at http://www.songfile.com

    Should cost you about $50/song.
     
  3. Tuck

    Tuck Active Member

    hey so would i be able to record an album of cover songs and not sell the CD for money just give it away. Would that work with out a license?
     
  4. EricK

    EricK Guest

    I am by no means an expert, but I believe you will still need the license if you are giving the recording away. You should contact the Harry Fox Agency yourself, they will get all of your questions answered.
    http://www.harryfox.com/contact.html

    Let us know what you find out.
     
  5. Helicon1

    Helicon1 Guest

    In the US you can get a license to record and sell CDs with cover songs. You must pay 8.5 cents to the owner of the copyright for each cover song on the album, per CD sold.
     
  6. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    And it doesn't matter if you give your songfs away or you sell them. You still have to pay the copyright owner. If you think about it, that makes sense, its their songs. Now if you write your own you have to pay no one...
     
  7. wakeupbomb

    wakeupbomb Guest

    "In the US you can get a license to record and sell CDs with cover songs. You must pay 8.5 cents to the owner of the copyright for each cover song on the album, per CD sold."



    Doesn't this amount change from time to time?
     
  8. Helicon1

    Helicon1 Guest

    Yes, it changes every few years. Right now it is 8.5 cents.
     
  9. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    if I may add, this also includes downloads and even songs you give away. The fact that you give someone else's song away does not absolves you frtom having to pay- on the contrary, you have a legal and moral obligation to pay the copyright owner for usage of his/her work. After all, how would you like it if someone else recorded your songs and were out there giving them away! :D
     

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