I am often asked: Can I legally record and distribute a cover song? And if so, how?
The answer is a mechanical license. These licenses are paid and distributed to the artists who own the intellectual property that you are covering. This is the only legal way to record and distribute material that is owned by another artist or musician. So, if your band is planning on covering the The Clash for your demo or CD, be sure that you are not setting yourself up for a lawsuit.
Many retailers, both in store and on-line, will refuse to carry music if they believe the necessary licenses are missing. This is because they open themselves up to a lawsuit for selling bootlegged music. The license fees are relatively low and well worth the expense to avoid a lawsuit.
My office can help you obtain the necessary licenses so that you can sell your music with confidence and get your independent CD into the stores. Call for a free consultation today.