Category Archives for "Copyright"

Do you need a Licence for a Cover Song?

Using someone else’s hit song has often been a way for a new act to get heard and recognised. Covering someone else’s material or song isn’t so much of a problem when performing live, but if you want to record and distribute that song as a record or a download, you’re going to need permission […]

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Music Industry Agreements – free guide

Everything you ever wanted to know about music industry agreements, all wrapped up in a free pdf. I’d always intended to write something along the lines of this guide, but now there’s really no need as this is great piece of work and does the job as well as I could – probably better. Whether […]

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Sample clearance – a cautionary tale

I used to be a music lawyer and I was a bit of an authority (for a while) on sampling and sample clearance in the early ’90’s. Then I ran a bunch of dance labels and worked with a lot of electronic artists. I have cleared a lot of samples but I have released way […]

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