I want to record a cover of a famous song

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Limpin' Jez McKenzie
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I want to record a cover of a famous song

Postby Limpin' Jez McKenzie » 08 Mar 2024, 18:16

and put it on Soundcloud. I'm not trying to make money out of it, or at least not yet.

How do I get the right licence? I have been looking online but find it difficult to find out this information (nearly all the stuff about licences is about using someone else's RECORDING of a song). I am in the UK, so Second hand songs is no help.

Anyway I am sure it is really quite easy, or at least significantly easier than the pig's ear I am making of it, so any pointers welcome.
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Re: I want to record a cover of a famous song

Postby LMG » 08 Mar 2024, 19:44

https://www.musicgateway.com/blog/how-t ... l%20advice.

https://vocalist.org.uk/recording-cover-songs

The second site says:

If you’re planning to release a cover song, obtaining a licence is non-negotiable. The most commonly used for covers is a compulsory licence. A compulsory licence gives you the mechanical rights to record and distribute someone else’s copyrighted work, as long as you pay a set fee and adhere to certain guidelines. Different types of licences might be needed depending on your specific use case, but a compulsory licence is often the starting point for most artists venturing into the realm of cover songs.

For those who prefer a more streamlined approach, digital distribution services like TuneCore, Ditto, or CD baby offer an invaluable shortcut. These platforms can obtain the compulsory licence for you, handling administrative tasks like sending the Notice of Intention and ensuring that mechanical royalties are paid to the original songwriter. This allows you to focus on the creative process while they handle the paperwork.


US advice:

https://syncsongwriter.com/blog/legally ... over-songs

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Re: I want to record a cover of a famous song

Postby pcqgod » 14 Mar 2024, 14:36

It was always my understanding that anyone can record a cover of another artist's work without any formal permission at all as long as the writer gets the credit. If it's going to appear on a tv show or movie licensing would be required.
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Re: I want to record a cover of a famous song

Postby Limpin' Jez McKenzie » 20 Mar 2024, 20:04

Thanks for replies, guys, they epitomise my problem.
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