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What about music videos for cover songs?
Old 30th November 2007
  #1
Gear Maniac
 

What about music videos for cover songs?

Do have to have special rights to make a music video of a cover song, or can you simply pay the same mechanical royalty rate you would simply doing a cover?
Old 1st December 2007
  #2
Founder CD Baby
 
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Smile You need special sync rights

You need special sync rights, which needs permission and special fees from the publisher. Expensive.

In short : don't do it, unless you're going to do it like the rest of YouTube generation and just do it for free and upload it to YouTube for the exposure, with the full expectation it'll be removed at the request of the copyright owner for being illegal some day.
Old 1st December 2007
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