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Using established artist track
      #95027 - 28/02/05 02:59 PM
If you're working with an established artist (moderate success in their own country) on some album tracks, and you would quite like to rework one of their own tracks, how does the ownership of the track work?

For example, Track A has already been released (locally) and had a bit of airplay, used on a tv show etc. You strip out all the original indstrumentation and create a new version in a different style and the singer either redoes the vocals or give you the orignal masters of the vocals...

Does the artist still retain the all the publishing rights, and also take a share in the performance rights? Or by creating a new version, do you have any claim to the publishing on the new track?


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Re: Using established artist track new [Re: Nugget]
      #95079 - 28/02/05 04:31 PM
You won't normally get any publishing, but if the artist wants to encourage your version and thinks there's something in it for them you might get a cut. Everything is negotiable (assuming the artist owns their publishing of course).

You might own the recording, but the whole thing might then work the other way. If you're the one getting the benefit, the artist might (keep his publishing and) ask you for a cut of the recording.

Who's on top in this deal? They will get to choose...


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