Archive for Music

How do I Legally Record a Cover Song?

Cover songs are becoming big business. Bands like Pomplamoose record entire albums of cover songs, then sell the albums and tour based on the popularity of their arrangements and performances. The copyright laws in the United States include something called a mechanical license for cover songs. That means that anyone can record and sell (or […]

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Can I Play Music in My Restaurant?

When someone writes and records a song, she gets a bundle of rights. Those rights include copying the work, preparing derivative works, distributing the song by sale, and performing the work publicly, among others. All of these rights are separate and unless specifically stated, a license to download a song does not also include the […]

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