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[WTA] Rules & Regulation of Covering a song?
Old 19th September 2011
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[WTA] Rules & Regulation of Covering a song?

First of all, sorry if I'm asking in the wrong section.

I want to ask, if we want to cover, remix and change lyrics a little bit of other people song, let's say a classical song in 1950's.

Is there any bad thing will happen to me from the law? Copyright?
It's from the Alfred Hitchcock movie.

Thanks in advance.

p/s: Sorry if this is a very stupid question.
Old 19th September 2011
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Originally Posted by Wiguan View Post
First of all, sorry if I'm asking in the wrong section.

I want to ask, if we want to cover, remix and change lyrics a little bit of other people song, let's say a classical song in 1950's.

Is there any bad thing will happen to me from the law? Copyright?
It's from the Alfred Hitchcock movie.

Thanks in advance.

p/s: Sorry if this is a very stupid question.
i am not an expert
but my understanding which could be wrong is
that a cover is the playing of an existing song

if you change lyrics diddle the arrangement etc
then you have a derivative work not a cover
and that can get you into trouble
if you do not have separate permission

while the cover you only have to pay for
and they are required to license it to you

now from the 50s perhaps the copyright has expired
but unlikely as the studio would normally have renewed it

on the otehr hand if you are doing a parody then it cuold be legal anyway
Old 19th September 2011
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Originally Posted by oldeanalogueguy View Post
i am not an expert
but my understanding which could be wrong is
that a cover is the playing of an existing song

if you change lyrics diddle the arrangement etc
then you have a derivative work not a cover
and that can get you into trouble
if you do not have separate permission

while the cover you only have to pay for
and they are required to license it to you

now from the 50s perhaps the copyright has expired
but unlikely as the studio would normally have renewed it

on the otehr hand if you are doing a parody then it cuold be legal anyway
Actually it's a song inside a musical film of Singin' In The Rain.

Even the movie copyright status itself is confusing me.
Alfred have died long ago but I'm not sure if any other studio renewing the movie copyright.

Beside the song inside the movie, are never being released as a song and I don't know what is the copyright status of that song.

It's a good song.
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