July 30, 2004

Compulsory License for cover songs

Cool - this note on Digital Distribution shows one way for digital music to be freely distributed - just get a band together and perform it and record it. I wonder if there will soon be Internet scale competition of cottage-industry scale musicians for covers of classic or well known songs.

If you record a cover version of a song, (meaning your performance of a song that has been released in the U.S. with consent of the copyright owner), you are entitled by law to release your recording commercially, and the owner of the copyright to the song cannot prevent you from doing so.

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