Can you sell cover songs of bands without a liscense?

Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2011 02:27 pm
I was wondering if you can make cover songs of a band and sell them commercially without a liscense. I know ive seen bands do covers at shows but i didnt know if you could record and sell them. thanks!
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2011 02:43 pm
Not without permission. Who you owe rights (royalties) to depends on if it was released by a record label who retains rights to the song or by an independent label where the band/songwriter retains the rights.

That doesn't mean you can't make a profit off of your cover, but you need to share that profit with those who own the rights to the song.
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2011 04:46 pm
S i have to get permisssion? Or can i just make the covers then send them the royalties?
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