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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. However, if you would like the release to be available in the United States, 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 recommend you read the information below carefully.

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.

Other important things to remember

Make sure not to mention the original artist's name or image anywhere in the release title/track title or cover art, since the artist name is trademarked. 

Don't use a karaoke instrumental or other instrumental tracks that you do not have a license to distribute

The title should be exactly the same same as the original song title

Do not translate lyrics, change the composition, or alter the original work to make the song shorter or longer. This is considered a rework, and would require a license from the original rights holder.

You can not use any recordings or samples of the original song without permission or a license. Record Union does not distribute unofficial remixes.

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