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Cover Hits And How To Play The Cards |

  • On 05/01/2011

Nowadays with the music industry becoming one of the biggest businesses in the world there is no wonder many musicians with big hits have popped into the music scene. But some of these artists have no idea how powerful their music is actually and how much they could make out of it.
With so many crisscrosses in the music industry there is no wonder why some artists have been robbed off due to their own ignorance.

The creators of chart-topping hits ought to learn how business runs in the music industry; how to play the cards.
They must learn how cover hits as to not be taken advantage of by large record labels.

To put it simply music licensing is the legal or licensed purchase of a copyrighted music or song.
The company or the person who purchased a particular song may use it but cannot misuse or abuse the song; this is due to the fact that the purchaser not only has a limited right to utilize the purchased song but has only bought the media where the song is stored and not the song itself.

So how can an artist cover hits?

First, one must establish himself as a publisher; a publisher in this case is the person who owns the copyrighted work.
Then you have the music license which was discussed earlier.
You also have the licensor and the licensee, the former is the one who purchases the publisher’s work and the latter on the other hand is the person to whom the music is licensed.
There are also other subjects in the hierarchy of licensing such as the performance, broadcast, performing rights organization and many more.

Licensing works in two ways; first is when used for a digital release (music video) which uses the song and the sound recording itself, the second one is when it is only used as an audio release (background music, sound track, etc.).

When we talk about Digital Releases there are two processes of licensing needed; the Synchronization Licensing and the Master Use Licensing.

Sync Licensing is the license for the ‘song’ used while Master Use Licensing is the license for the ‘sound recording’.
The song itself and the sound recording are both separate entities when it comes to music licensing because when you talk about a song it is something that is for a voice or voices and may be accompanied or unaccompanied, but when you say sound recording it is the exclusive production of sounds only.
But sometimes when a licensor purchases a song from a publisher it usually has both already, that is, a song accompanied already by sounds.

An audio release on the other hand only needs one type of licensing and that is the Synchronization Licensing. To put it simply the licensor can use the song that he purchased but cannot use the sound recorded exclusively made for that song, giving the licensor the freedom to make his own version of the said song.

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