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Legal procedure needed for releasing a cover in the UK?
Old 21st January 2013
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Legal procedure needed for releasing a cover in the UK?

Hey guys,

It's been a long time since I last read up on MCPS and PRS policies. The PRS website also has a lot of dead ends and broken links to the information I am trying to find. I've also read several threads on here about the issue but all seem rather unclear.

I'm in the U.K (Northern Ireland) and I am recording my band in my own recording studio. We are releasing a blues album soon and we have started recording a mixture of both originals and covers.

As far as the covers go, can someone please give me a step by step guide as to exactly what I should be doing and how I go about doing it?

I've trawled the PRS website help sections on this and they offer little help on the issue so I still don't have a clue what I am supposed to be doing.

The blues covers we do are really old so I am not even sure how to go about even asking for permissions from writers etc as I am sure they are all long gone now! Memphis Minnie, Big Mama Thornton etc.

Any and all help appreciated,
Steve.
Old 21st January 2013
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You don't need permission from the writers to release and record a cover, just pay the mechanical royalty.

You need permission from the copyright holder if you want to make a derivative work...which would mean making considerable changes to the melody, or lyrics (such as singing it in another language).

If the original is in the key of A and you sing it in the key of B, don't worry that's ok ; )
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Originally Posted by Sean Sullivan ➡️

If the original is in the key of A and you sing it in the key of B, don't worry that's ok ; )
you may need to clear that with your bass player first!
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Originally Posted by Sean Sullivan ➡️
You don't need permission from the writers to release and record a cover, just pay the mechanical royalty.
Ok cool - so this is where the PRS website turns up broken links... how exactly do I go about paying the mechanical royalty for particular tunes? Once this is paid am I also doing everything by the book for sending tracks to radio stations for airplay?

Steve.
Old 22nd January 2013
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In the US, you pay Harry Fox.
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