View Full Version : Covering Songs

06-16-2011, 10:43 PM
to be short and to the point,

If I were to make an instrumental cover of a song, would it be legal to use it in a film without the original composer's consent? People keep telling yes and no. I am sure I can get a good answer here

Alcove Audio
06-16-2011, 10:54 PM

You definitely need to obtain permission from the person/entity that owns the copyrights of the actual composition.

06-17-2011, 01:04 AM
Thanks man.

06-17-2011, 03:30 PM
Yes, by covering it you bypass trying to obtain the additional mechanical rights to the recorded performance, but you still need the rights to the composition.

06-17-2011, 05:39 PM
lol I get a yes and a no...

06-18-2011, 08:14 AM
lol I get a yes and a no...

No, we said the same thing. You have to get the rights to the composition from the publisher, likely either ASCAP or BMI. By covering it you avoid having to get a second set of rights to the recorded performance.

06-18-2011, 07:18 PM
Unless the song you are covering is considered "in the public domain", which are songs written prior to the 1910.

06-23-2011, 05:09 AM
I never wondered about that, but I want to film a little girl playing darts ( all along the movie (10 minutes) while using the music that comes along with the game, over and over the same untill she discover a new game.
Should I ask I don't know who? for the rights on that music? I really want to take the original, no covering there...

Michael Allen
06-23-2011, 06:39 AM
You will need to ask the makers of the game. Chances are they will own the copyright to the music. You would let then know what you need it for eg: short film that will hopefully get played at a few festivals and they would come back with what they want in return for the sync rights. No harm in asking.

Michael Allen
06-23-2011, 06:41 AM
Oh and tell then what the films budget is.

06-23-2011, 07:08 AM
thx for the advice :)

I actually realize it can also be a good advertising for them as the melody is gonna stay like a earworm in the viewers' heads (hopefully :rolleyes: )
Point for negociation, I am in.

Michael Allen
06-23-2011, 10:26 AM
I'd be interested to know how you go.