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- September 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm #33299
I just received a request from a library asking for covers of public domain songs.
As far as I know, cover songs can only receive sync licenses. Usually this library do only blanket licenses and you get only your PRO writers share.
Can someone please clarify this doubt?
Thank you very much for your help.September 28, 2019 at 12:50 pm #33300Art MunsonKeymaster
Yes you can. It’s considered a new arrangement in the U.S.
Depends on the country though. Some countries have different laws IIRCSeptember 28, 2019 at 1:58 pm #33301
Thanks Art for your quick response.
Does this apply only to public domain songs?September 30, 2019 at 3:55 pm #33309Paul BiondiGuest
if you’re PRO is BMI, they pay 20% of the royalty rate that you would have gotten) of a song you have identified as your arrangement of a public domain work.October 3, 2019 at 2:29 pm #33318
Thank you Paul Biondi. I´ m with ASCAP, perhaps they pay the same.August 12, 2021 at 3:12 pm #38638Gael MacGregorGuest
It you create a new version that adds original melody elements anywhere in the song you can register it as a new work.
For example: You have done some melodic modifications to “Jingle Bells” and given it a Latin treatment that changes the song, you can call it “Jingle Bells Samba.” It is based on the original work (derivative), but by adding new elements becomes a new composition.
Think “Hush Little Baby” (the Mockingbird song). The original, traditional folk song is PD. But “Mockingbird” as created by James Taylor & Carly Simon is a protected copyright, despite its PD source.