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Old August 25th, 2003, 08:31 PM   #1
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Song covers...?

If I get a band to do a cover of a popular copyrighted song, is it ok to use the cover?

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Old August 26th, 2003, 01:57 PM   #2
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Thats a very tricky subject. I'm guessing that the orginial owner will still hold the copyright to the lyrics, and music????

I believe that Madona got sued for using parts of somebody elses song and in the end they settled out of court. Therefore suggesting its not OK.

I could be wrong

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Old August 26th, 2003, 02:23 PM   #3
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Your performance is covered but you still need rights to the song.
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Old August 26th, 2003, 04:30 PM   #4
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If I get a band to do a cover of a popular copyrighted song, is it ok to use the cover?
No, not for video. If I recall correctly, there is a compulsory license available for phonorecord covers of phonorecords, but I don't think it would apply film or video soundtracks. Sorry I don't have time to check this, but I'm in the middle of trial prep.

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