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Do I need a license?
Why get a license?
Can you license any song?
Can you get me a license for YouTube or other video?
What do you do for me?
What do I get as Proof of Licensing?
How long does it take?
How are the costs calculated?
How It Works
What do you do for me?

Cover Song Licensing

We help you legally release your new recording of a song that someone else wrote, quickly and easily in 1-2 business days. You can talk to a real person and we handle everything for you. We deliver Proof of Licensing to you via email, and each request is securely saved online so you can easily store and access all of your licensing for years to come.

Custom Licensing Assistance

When your project demands more than basic cover song licensing, Easy Song Licensing’s Custom Assistance is the answer. One payment of $49 gets you everything you need to submit your requests to the copyright holders and clear the rights you need. Upgrade to Custom Handling for $50 and we will process the request for you.
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What is the licensing process?

Cover Song Licensing

First, we ask you some questions about your project and about the songs you want to license. You can buy right away for the fastest delivery, or wait for us to research the copyright holders of the songs. You can pay online or over the phone with a credit card or PayPal. After we receive your payment, we follow the Compulsory Law to obtain your mechanical licenses for you. We deliver PDF Proof of Licensing in your email in 1-2 business days. This is what you keep on hand or give to your manufacturer as proof that you have done things legally.

Custom Licensing Assistance

We help you submit your request to the copyright holder in the most efficient way, using our years of knowledge, and our proprietary request form. However, the copyright holder can set any price, or reject the license outright. For this reason, custom licensing is not guaranteed.
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What do I get as Proof of Licensing?
You get a signed PDF document from us explaining our commitment to follow every step of the United States Compulsory Mechanical Licensing law on your behalf to the extent that you may legally distribute your recording of the listed copyrighted songs. We also provide information about how to include liner note credits for the publishers and composers of the songs you use.
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Do I get the actual licenses, the paperwork signed by the publishers?

Cover Song Licensing

No. Under Compulsory Law, no paperwork is received from the copyright holders. Instead, a license is automatically granted and the copyright holder is not required to send any return paperwork. You get a signed PDF document from us explaining our commitment to follow every step of the United States Compulsory Mechanical Licensing law on your behalf to the extent that you may legally distribute your recording of the listed copyrighted songs.

Custom Licensing Assistance

If your license request is accepted, yes, you will receive custom paperwork from the copyright holder. Both parties sign the paperwork to make the license official.
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How long does it take to get my Proof of Licensing?

Cover Song Licensing

About 1-2 business days after we receive your payment. If you choose to wait for search results before buying, add 1-2 business days for a total of 2-4 business days from the time you submit your songs.

Custom Licensing Assistance

Custom licensing can be challenging because, by law, the copyright holders maintain total control of their works. This means they can set any fee, take all the time they need, and reject the license outright. For this reason, it is important to temper expectations. Many factors affect the response, including budget, use, and even the current workload of the copyright holder’s processing department. For this reason, we do not guarantee licensure in whole or in part for any custom request, and we also do not guarantee timing, or even that you will get a response from the copyright holder.
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How is it possible for you to help me license any song?

Cover Song Licensing

Meant to foster creativity, the Compulsory Mechanical Licensing Law makes it possible for you to legally record your new version of any existing song, even without the copyright holder's express permission. If you ask a publisher directly, they can demand any fee or reject your request outright. But under Compulsory Law, they cannot reject the license. Even in cases where the copyright holder is highly protective of their work, this law allows small-timers to cover some very popular songs.

Custom Licensing Assistance

Compulsory law is restrictive and does not cover every use. When your project demands more than the compulsory law allows, Easy Song Licensing’s Custom Assistance is the answer. We help you submit your request to the copyright holder. However, custom licensing is not guaranteed. The copyright holder has complete control, can set any price, take as much time as they want, and reject the request altogether.
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What if I sell out and need to distribute more copies of my album?

Cover Song Licensing

It's up to you to monitor your sales and make sure you do not exceed what you have licensed. You can always come back to us and get a new license for additional units. If it's an exact reorder without changes, our fee is half-price. This makes it easy for you to license only what you need upfront and avoid paying too much in fees for reorders.

Custom Licensing Assistance

It's up to you to monitor your sales and make sure you do not exceed what you have licensed. You can always come back to us and get a new license for additional units. For Custom Licensing, we must charge our full fee for every request, including reorders.
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How does licensing for digital downloads and interactive audio streams work?

Cover Song Licensing

For digital downloads and interactive audio streams, you pre-pay for a certain number of downloads or streams up-front before you distribute. We suggest you license what you think you will sell in one year. It's up to you to monitor your sales and make sure you do not exceed what you have licensed. You can always come back and get a new license for additional units. If it's an exact re-order without changes, our fee is half-price. This makes it easy for you to license only what you need upfront and avoid paying too much in fees for reorders.

Custom Licensing Assistance

The license duration, terms, quantities, and territories will be established in the custom agreement. You can always come back to us and request a new license for additional units if necessary. For Custom Licensing, we must charge our full fee for every request, including reorders.
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If I do CDs and digital downloads, does that require two separate licenses?
Yes. We have to send separate paperwork for each different format you release. So, if you plan to distribute on multiple formats, such as CDs and digital downloads, you will need to buy a separate license for each, and we will have to charge our fee each time.
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What information do you need from me?

Cover Song Licensing

We need to know your complete contact information, the title of your album, and the artist (you or your group). We need to know what formats you will release (CDs, Digital Downloads, Interactive Audio Streams) and how many copies of each format. Finally, we need to know the title, composer or original recording artist, and length of your recording of each song in minutes and seconds. You can submit this online or email it to us.

Custom Licensing Assistance

We will ask you to complete our proprietary custom license request form in preparation for your phone consultation. This form asks for specific information about how you are using the music. The greater the detail you can provide, the better. You can then use this completed form to make your request to the copyright holder, or upgrade to Custom Handling and have us handle that.
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How are medleys handled? Do we have to get a license for each separate song part of the medley?
Yes. For medleys each song part counts as a separate song, and requires separate royalties and our fee to process each part separately. Unfortunately, this is required by law.
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Payment
How much does it cost?

Cover Song Licensing

Licensing costs vary depending on how many copies you plan to distribute. That's because royalties are calculated based on number of copies. Click the following link for more information on pricing, or to estimate how much your licensing will cost. You can get an exact quote by submitting your songs to us for a free search.

Custom Licensing Assistance

The copyright holders maintain total control of their works. This means they can set any fee, take all the time they need, and reject the license outright. Depending on your use, the cost will typically range from $200 to thousands.
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What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards and PayPal. If you want to send a check, make the check out to Legacy Productions Inc. and send to Legacy Productions, 2600 N 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55411
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What is your refund policy?
Our refund policy is available online here: http://www.easysonglicensing.com/Pages/About/RefundPolicy.aspx
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Can I make changes to my project after licensing has started?
In some cases, minor changes will be allowed depending on the timing. However, once requests have been sent to the publishers changes are not allowed. If you have concerns, ask your licensing expert for details.
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What types of coupons and discounts do you offer?

Cover Song Licensing

We offer free research of your songs before or after you buy, volume discounts when you license multiple songs, half-price fees on exact reorders, and a 100% money back guarantee for Public Domain songs. From time to time, we offer coupons through email or through our Facebook page. Like us on Facebook for notifications and exclusive deals.

Custom Licensing Assistance

Custom Assistance clients have the option to upgrade to Custom Handling for 50% off the regular Custom Handling upfront fee.
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Limitations
Can I change the lyrics with this license?

Cover Song Licensing

No. One of the limitations of the Compulsory Law is that changes to the lyrics or fundamental melody of the song are not allowed.

Custom Licensing Assistance

If you want permission to change the lyrics, the fundamental melody, or the sheet music you need a Print license, which can only be obtained through direct negotiations with the copyright holder. We can help you make your request with our Custom Licensing Assistance and Handling services.
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Can I change the melody of the song with this license?

Cover Song Licensing

Yes. However, you cannot change the fundamental nature of the melody. In other words, the original song must remain recognizable in your new version.

Custom Licensing Assistance

If you want permission to change the lyrics, the fundamental melody, or the sheet music you need a Print license, which can only be obtained through direct negotiations with the copyright holder. We can help you make your request with our Custom Licensing Assistance and Handling services.
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Can I distribute internationally with this license?

Cover Song Licensing

No. The licenses you obtain from us are valid for releases within the United States only. This includes digital releases on web sites and servers hosted in the United States, and physical releases within our borders. To get permission to release outside of the United States, please check with your local rights agency, or ask us for assistance negotiating a custom license directly with the copyright holder.

Custom Licensing Assistance

With Custom Assistance, you can request a license for distribution outside of the United States. The allowed territories will be established in your custom agreement with the copyright holder.
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Can I get just one license for a song that I will put on multiple albums?

Cover Song Licensing

No. For reporting and tracking reasons, you need a separate license for each release, even if the same song is used on multiple releases.

Custom Licensing Assistance

In some cases, you can request multiple uses on one request form. This depends on each unique scenario and is something you can discuss with our Custom Licensing Expert during your phone consultation.
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Can I rearrange the song with this license?

Cover Song Licensing

Yes. You can make your own arrangement. However you cannot change the lyrics or fundamental nature of the melody of the song. Also, permission to arrange is limited to your recording. This means you cannot release any sort of sheet music arrangement under this license.

Custom Licensing Assistance

If you want permission to change the lyrics, the fundamental melody, or the sheet music you need a Print license, which can only be obtained through direct negotiations with the copyright holder. We can help you make your request with our Custom Licensing Assistance and Handling services.
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Can I sample existing recordings with this license?

Cover Song Licensing

No. A Master License is required when licensing an existing recording that you did not make. For these, you will need to contact the copyright holder directly, typically the artist or their record label.

Custom Licensing Assistance

You can request a master license from the copyright holder, typically the artist or their record label. However, the copyright holder can set any price, or reject the license outright. For this reason, custom licensing is not guaranteed.
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Can I split the license, and get just one license for two different formats?

Cover Song Licensing

No. We have to send separate paperwork for each different format you release. So, if you plan to distribute on multiple formats, such as CDs and digital downloads, you will need to buy a separate license for each, and we will have to charge our fee each time.

Custom Licensing Assistance

In some cases, you can request multiple uses on one request form. This depends on each unique scenario and is something you can discuss with our Custom Licensing Expert during your phone consultation.
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Can you copyright my songs for me?
No. We don't do this right now. Click the following link for information about why you should register your copyright and how you can do it.
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Can you help me get a license for YouTube, video, or DVD?
Yes, but not with our standard cover song license. Video requires a Synchronization license, which can only be obtained through direct negotiations with the copyright holder. We can help you make your request with our Custom Licensing Assistance and Handling services.
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Can you help me get a license to play my songs on the radio?
No. Radio airplay requires Public Performance Rights. In the United States, all Public Performance Rights are handled by three agencies, ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. Artists often do not need to secure Public Performance Rights for radio because they are covered by the station. Also most reputable web sites (such as Pandora) handle this for you. However, if you plan to stream on your own web site, you need to obtain rights. If you are unsure whether you need Public Performance Rights, you should contact these agencies.
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Can you help me license a song that has never before been released?

Cover Song Licensing

No. One of the limitations of the Compulsory Law is that it applies only to songs that have previously been released. First release is one of the exclusive rights of the copyright holder.

Custom Licensing Assistance

If you want permission to be the first to release a song, you must get permission directly from the copyright holder. We can help you make your request with our Custom Licensing Assistance and Handling services.
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Do you license for Karaoke or performance tracks?

Cover Song Licensing

Yes, but this is not included in our standard cover song license. Check out our Custom Licensing Assistance Services.

Custom Licensing Assistance

If you want to use a recording that someone else made, you need a master license, which can only be obtained through direct negotiations with the copyright holder. We can help you make your request with our Custom Licensing Assistance and Handling services.
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Do you license internationally for customers in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom (UK) and other countries outside of the United States?

Cover Song Licensing

Yes. However, the licenses you obtain from us are valid for releases within the United States only. This includes digital releases on web sites and servers hosted in the United States, and physical releases within our borders. To get permission to release outside of the United States, please check with your local rights agency, or ask us for assistance negotiating a custom license directly with the copyright holder.

Custom Licensing Assistance

With Custom Assistance, you can request a license for distribution outside of the United States. The allowed territories will be established in your custom agreement with the copyright holder.
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Do you license songs written by international composers, such as a song by a composer living in Japan?
We respect the laws of the land of the copyright holder. If a song is not represented by a United States copyright holder or agency appointed to administer the copyrights, we will not license it without written permission from the copyright holder. If you request an international song, we reach out to the copyright holder and try to reach a custom agreement. If that's not possible, we will not be able to obtain the license and we will process a refund in accordance with our refund policy.
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What types of uses does this license cover?

Cover Song Licensing

The Compulsory Mechanical License allows you to record your new version of an existing song that someone else wrote. It does not cover new recordings of existing recordings. Your release must be for personal, private use only (Selling your album is allowed under this license, but not for public performance, background track, or karaoke purposes. Only for private listening by the end user.) Click below for a complete list of the limitations of this license.

Custom Licensing Assistance

With Custom Assistance, you can request a license for any use. However, the copyright holder can set any price, or reject the license outright. For this reason, custom licensing is not guaranteed.
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Do the licenses expire?

Cover Song Licensing

No. However, we suggest buying what you will use in a year's time.

Custom Licensing Assistance

Usually, yes. The terms of the expiration will be established in the custom license agreement made with the copyright holder.
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General
How long have you been in business?
Since 2005. We started out as a mobile recording service for churches, schools, and indie artists (Legacy Productions). From the start, we knew we wanted to do things legally, even when some of our competitors were not. That involved learning about mechanical licensing. In 2007 we began offering our music licensing services to the public through Easy Song Licensing. We still license music for our own productions and for our thousands of licensing customers across the country.
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Do I need a license?
If you use music that other people created, no matter how you use it, you need to get a license. This is true even if you are giving away your project for free, or if it's for a non-profit. You do not need permission to use songs that you wrote yourself or songs that you know are in the Public Domain.
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What is Public Domain?
Songs published before 1923 are in the Public Domain and do not require licensing for any use. However, make sure you are not playing from copyrighted sheet music arrangements. If you are unsure, you can submit your songs to us and we will research for you for free.
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What is Fair Use?
Fair Use is an exception in the copyright law that allows small portions of a work to be used without permission for nonprofit, news, educational, or parody purposes. The doctrine is "murky" and often misunderstood. To fall under fair use, only a small portion of the work may be used and the use must not affect the value or marketability of the work. Selling concert recordings or photocopying sheet music without permission would not fall under fair use. Check out the following links for more information on Fair Use.
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Why should I get a license?
Even if you think you probably wouldn't get caught, there are five good reasons to get a license: 1) Confidence, 2) Reputation, 3) Karma, 4) Ethics, and 5) Example.
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What is a license?
A license is a formal agreement between the music owner and you that says it's okay for you to use their music. If you use music that other people created, you need to get a license.
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For Publishers
What is Go Digital for publishers, songwriters, and copyright holders?
We have released a new digital rights management platform for publishers and copyright holders. Now, you can manage cover song requests from us online from your account at EasySongLicensing.com. Best of all, it's totally free. Ditch the paper today!
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Why should I Go Digital for publishers, songwriters, and copyright holders?
If you manage copyrighted materials, you know how the paper can pile up. Managing that paper can be a mess. We created this platform to eliminate the mess, and make rights management easier than ever.
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What are the specific benefits of Go Digital for publishers, songwriters, and copyright holders?
You get unlimited access to all of the licensing information you receive from us (Notice of Intention, Statement of Account, Royalty Payment), online, for free. View requests live, as they come in. Search by date, title, composer, song ID and more. Easily print one request or many. Export custom reports to Microsoft Excel. Share access with colleagues or business partners.
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How do licensees benefit from Go Digital for publishers, songwriters, and copyright holders?
We deliver the Notice of Intention to you instantly online. Licensees benefit from faster delivery of their Proof of Licensing. What took a few days with the United States Postal Service, now can happen instantly online.
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Who can sign up for Go Digital for publishers, songwriters, and copyright holders?
If you work for a publisher, you self-publish, or you simply own the mechanical rights to a song, you can sign up. If you are not sure, please contact us.
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How do I sign up for Go Digital for publishers, songwriters, and copyright holders?
Complete the Go Digital Form you receive from us (accompanies Notices of Intention and Statements of Account) and follow the instructions to return it to us. Once we receive your completed form, we will complete a verification process and give you access. Watch for an email from us with an invitation, and link to access your info online.
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Do I need to provide proof that I represent the catalog I am requesting access to?
Yes. As part of the verification process, after you sign up, we might call or email you, and depending on the size of the catalog requested, we might ask for your W-9, or an email or letter on your company letterhead indicating you are an authorized manager of the catalog in question.
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I work for a publisher. We prefer that you report to us digitally. What are my options?
Go Digital! You get unlimited access to all of the licensing information you receive from us (Notice of Intention, Statement of Account, Royalty Payment), online, for free. View requests live, as they come in. Search by date, title, composer, song ID and more. Easily print one request or many. Export custom reports to Microsoft Excel. Share access with colleagues or business partners.
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Resources
What other services do you provide?
We are experts at producing fan funded albums start to finish. We have producers across the country, an in-house graphic designer, in-house licensing experts, and partnerships with the best manufacturers in the country.
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Do you offer digital distribution services?
No. We suggest you work with our partner CD Baby, the leader in independent music distribution.
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Do you provide ISRC numbers?
No. Please contact your record label or digital distributor for help obtaining ISRC codes, or visit this link:
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Do you provide barcodes?
No. You can get these from your manufacturer or online distributor.
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