Hello all, I have been a member of this forum for quite some time but seldom post because the answers can usually be found if sought hard enough. However, I have researched this one and can't get a definative answer on the subject. If I have an artist come in and do a recording of a copyrighted song and use it only to give to a few relatives and friends and possibly to send off to a few labels, is the artist required to get a mechanical licence or do any thing else to legalize the activity? Under the fair use act, if a reproduced product does not affect the marketability of the original, then it is considered fair use. However, other issues that you folks may know of might come into play. Also, what is my obligation and liability (if any) as engineer of the project if the client pays for and retains all rights to the recording?