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Recording/distributing covers - what legalities? #1711720 03/04/07 09:06 PM
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Hi Folks:

A friend and I are considering doing a CD, and there may be a couple of cover songs on the CD.

In general, what's the process for being able to legally sell a CD that has a cover tune on it? For instance, let's say we wanted to do Journey's "Stone in Love", but a different arrangment. How would I go about finding out who to pay royalties to? What's the paperwork and process involved?

Thanks in advance!
Dave


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Re: Recording/distributing covers - what legalities? [Re: Gruuve] #1717030 03/14/07 12:54 AM
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To include a song on your record that has been previously released you need a mechanical license. They are simple to get - start your search at http://www.songfile.com.

That takes you to the Harry Fox Agency - look at their overview topic. It looks like they license your song there. Do a little reading and it's pretty easy to figure out. Good Luck!


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Re: Recording/distributing covers - what legalities? [Re: Calfee Jones] #1726843 04/01/07 01:21 PM
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In the UK (Not at all sure about outside) the body who handles this is the MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society).
See http://www.mcps-prs-alliance.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx


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