Music Business Survival Tips
"I want to make a video of a cover version of Rihanna's "Stay". Can I do that and not get in trouble with YouTube?"
YouTube can check videos to see who owns one or all of the copyrights for the music and visuals in the video.
"In a video where you are performing a cover song, you might control the copyright to the video images and sound recording but (you) don't control the music publishing copyrights."
Someone owns the copyright for the visuals.
A record label owns the copyright to the recording.
A music publisher owns the copyright to the original words and music.
Does this allow you to record your own arrangement of someone's song and shoot your own video?
YouTube checks the music in videos to see if you have permission to use the track. You must get permission to use someone else's music.
You contact the music publisher of the song composition and negotiate a "license".
(In this case a "synchronization" license.)
What are your alternatives if you can't afford to pay a license fee and still wish to produce a music video to promote yourself?
Hire a writer or producer and compose your own track.
That way you will own the "copyright" and YouTube will be cool.
And best of all you can sell the track on iTunes and make $$$.
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