- We recommend still providing them for download platforms since the flexible legal terms are related to streaming platforms
- The original authors of the content can exercise their right to prevent the publication of any version or reinterpretation of their opus.
What should the license look like?
- COMPULSORY LICENSES: these are licenses that should look like the attachment of this article.
- CUSTOM LICENSES: these are licenses that are issued by both parts involved (owner of the original piece and owner of the cover), and must include, at least, the following:
- Name of the person who is making the cover
- Name of the original piece artist
- Publisher of the original song
- Signature of the original author, or at least the publisher, and the person who is making the cover.
Where can I get a license if needed?
- Permission of the publisher of the original author (official signed document)
- Easy song licensing (For custom licenses)
- Harry Fox Agency (For custom licenses)
- Other services
*Extra information about the MLCThe Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is a nonprofit organization created to administer blanket mechanical licenses to eligible DSPs in the U.S., and to pay the resulting royalties to songwriters, composers, lyricists, and publishers. It is having a major effect on the way that covers are managed by all agents in the industry since this system allows DSPs to easily license musical works’ reproduction and distribution rights through a more transparent system, making them liable for the licensing process. Unfortunately, it exclusively operates on the commercialization DSPs make of any given cover in the US territory only, as long as the appropriate authors are correctly listed by the MLC.
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