Securing a license to include a song that you cover (ie a song written by someone else that you record) on your CD is simple and more affordable than you might guess. For example, if you have recorded a Bruce Springsteen song that you want to include on your ‘soon to be released album’ then you need to secure a license to use the song. Clearing cover songs has become simple with online licensing and royalty service providers like RightsFlow.
RightsFlow offers an easy online service for licensing cover songs for use on physical CD’s, ringtones, digital downloads and interactive streaming. So back to the Bruce Springsteen example, the price for licensing a Bruce Springsteen song for use on 500 CD’s and 500 digital downloads is less than $150.00. If you are selling your CD’s for $10 and giving the digital downloads away for free on your band website… you only have to sell 15 CD’s before you have recovered the licensing costs. (this is peanuts compared with possible fines and litigation that can be brought on by illegitimate use of a Springsteen song.)
Check out RightsFlow for simple music copyright licensing –> http://rightsflow.com/
Note, that RightsFlow offers discounts to ASCAP members.
BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.