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People wanting to use my music for projects, ads, etc.???
Old 24th September 2012
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People wanting to use my music for projects, ads, etc.???

Hi,

From time to time, I have people contact me wanting to use some of my music (both original as well as covers) for their projects or ads. What are some things I need to be aware of and looking out for with this.

For example, I just had a wedding videography company contact me wanting to purchase some of my music to use behind their video. I've also had television production companies and radio stations ask to do the same.

1. How much do you charge to let someone use a track?
2. Besides getting my stuff copyrighted, what else needs to be taken care of?
3. Are cover songs different? Can I legally sell them for stuff like this?

Thanks!

It's something I should know...
Old 25th September 2012
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bump, I'd like to hear this.
Old 25th September 2012
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First two should be easily answered enough by effective Google'ing.

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Originally Posted by SDB_12 ➡️
3. Are cover songs different? Can I legally sell them for stuff like this?
There are technically two types of copyright; there's the one for the composition and the one for the sound recording. In regards to a cover song, you own the sound recording copyright of any cover you record, but you still have to go through the proper channels for commercial use in regards to the composition. This means you'd have to pay for and acquire the rights to use the composition in order to make your cover a commercially legal entity.

Be sure to cover all your bases, and if you're unsure, I suggest dialing up a copyright lawyer and shooting the **** with them.

Slightly different scenario, but it certainly would suck having your song blow up and then you end up getting Mac Miller'ed
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