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Someone wants to cover one of my songs... but wants to use the music from my version.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:52 pm
by Handlestash
Is that a thing?
Feels kinda weird.

Re: Someone wants to cover one of my songs... but wants to use the music from my version.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:11 pm
by blinddrew
So they just want to sing over your track?
Personally I'd just take the complement but it does seem a little unusual.
But i'm not down with the kids...

Re: Someone wants to cover one of my songs... but wants to use the music from my version.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:16 pm
by Handlestash
blinddrew wrote:So they just want to sing over your track?

Yeah.

I know people sell (mostly shite) beats nowadays but this is a full original song recorded by professional musicians.

Re: Someone wants to cover one of my songs... but wants to use the music from my version.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:36 am
by resistorman
What are they offering you in return?

Re: Someone wants to cover one of my songs... but wants to use the music from my version.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:29 am
by Phil O
It's not that "weird" or unusual these days. Particularly if, as you say, it is a high quality production. A non exclusive license (from you) to use the recording will likely cost the artist less than creating their own version from scratch. Note, there are 2 copyrights at play here.

1. Mechanical royalties for the copies of the song.

2. A License to use the Backing track recording.

Re: Someone wants to cover one of my songs... but wants to use the music from my version.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:44 pm
by Handlestash
Phil O wrote:It's not that "weird" or unusual these days. Particularly if, as you say, it is a high quality production. A non exclusive license (from you) to use the recording will likely cost the artist less than creating their own version from scratch. Note, there are 2 copyrights at play here.

1. Mechanical royalties for the copies of the song.

2. A License to use the Backing track recording.

Thanks Phil. I've directed her to my collection agency for a license and given her permission contingent on my producing. Let's see what happens.

Thanks all.

Re: Someone wants to cover one of my songs... but wants to use the music from my version.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:00 pm
by Martin Walker
Fascinating - I love forward to hearing the outcome handlestash! 8-)

Hope it works out artistically for you both.


Martin

Re: Someone wants to cover one of my songs... but wants to use the music from my version.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:10 pm
by Stickman0_3
If it was me, I would probably do a buy-out deal and have my name in the credits?

Re: Someone wants to cover one of my songs... but wants to use the music from my version.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:12 pm
by Handlestash
Martin Walker wrote:Fascinating - I love forward to hearing the outcome handlestash! 8-)

Hope it works out artistically for you both.


Martin

Thanks Mart. She's happy to license and have me produce. Excited to see what sort of a musical baby we make.

Re: Someone wants to cover one of my songs... but wants to use the music from my version.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 2:58 pm
by Stickman0_3
I would say yes to this BUT I would still want the lions share of ownership and rights to the song and a hard copy of a contract (signed whilst being witnessed by a third party), otherwise I would pass. That's just my opinion.