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Releasing cover songs on Record Union - Important information

To release a cover song you need a mechanical license - in most countries, the digital music service (e.g. iTunes, Spotify, Amazon...) will handle this directly with the publisher or organization representing that publisher. The exception here is the United States where you need to secure a license yourself.

Also important to keep in mind is that a mechanical does not permit you to use the original artist name who performed the track.

Before releasing a cover song on Record Union we suggest you read carefully the information below.

Releasing cover songs outside the United States

In most countries (e.g. iTunes, Spotify, Amazon) will secure the mechanical license and manage the payment of publisher royalties directly with the publisher organization which covers the country of usage. In these countries you will therefore not need to secure any additional licenses to release the cover song.

Releasing cover songs in the United States

In the United States the mechanical license and payments are not handled directly between the digital service and the publisher or the publisher organization which represents them - for this reason you need to make sure you have a license for this territory.

Using original artist names

A mechanical license does not permit you to use the original artist name who performed the cover song.

If you are releasing a cover of The Beatles you may not use "The Beatles" in your metadata - this name is protected by a trademark and using this name would require an additional license or permission from those controlling the rights to this trademark.

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