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is it illegal to cover songs and give them away?
Old 23rd August 2011
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Originally Posted by n8tron View Post
Is it illegal to cover a song and then give your version away for free, online or on cd or however? Do you still need to obtain a license to distribute a cover if you do not make money from it?
You have to obtain a compulsory license and pay royalties for each copy that you sell, give away, allow as download, etc. It is easy and inexpensive to get a cover song compulsory license/ and royalties on most songs are less than 10 cents per copy.

I tell exactly how to do this on this blog post:
Sue Basko, Lawyer for Music and Film: Cover Songs: Performing and Recording Them Legally

and on this one:
Sue Basko, Lawyer for Music and Film: Limelight: Cover Song Licenses
Old 18th September 2011
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Originally Posted by Neenja View Post
Illegal is the wrong word. How many of you guys have played covers? How many sought permission and paid the royalty to do so? I know I have never met a person that has done any of that and I know a lot of people that covers.
PLAYING covers (in a band) and RECORDING covers (for public distribution) are two entirely different matters.
Old 20th September 2011
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Originally Posted by Sue Basko View Post
You have to obtain a compulsory license and pay royalties for each copy that you sell, give away, allow as download, etc. It is easy and inexpensive to get a cover song compulsory license/ and royalties on most songs are less than 10 cents per copy.

I tell exactly how to do this on this blog post:
Sue Basko, Lawyer for Music and Film: Cover Songs: Performing and Recording Them Legally

and on this one:
Sue Basko, Lawyer for Music and Film: Limelight: Cover Song Licenses
Great links/posts, thank you
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