Originally posted by aframe9999:
I've never understood this question. When your basic local bar band plays 4 sets of all the classic rock tunes at Joe's tavern or whatever, how come they don't have to get permission or pay any royalties or licsencing (sp...)? or are they technically supposed to?
The bar/establishment pays (or is supposed to pay) a fee to the 3 PRS' (SESAC, BMI & ASCAP). As of 1998, there are a few exceptions, which you can see from this link
at the BMI site.
What about when your basic bar band records a demo in a studio for promotion with snippits of 10 covers?
I just DON'T KNOW!!!!!
Don't worry about it. I'm not a lawyer, but the worst case scenario is that you'd probably get a cease & desist which I highly doubt. You're not selling the CD/cassettes, RIGHT? Then don't worry about it. In fact, as a treat to your fans, I've heard of other bands make copies of a few of their most popular covers and simply give them away, e.g., for a contest or subscribing to an email/snail mail list, or a Christmas present. Although that is probably a little more on the "darker side" of a gray line, it's a great PR tool.
Now go make that demo before some wannabe DJ takes all of your gigs!