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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
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 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
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 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 check out our Custom Licensing services.

Custom Licensing
With Custom Licensing, 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 holders.
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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
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 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
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 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
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
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 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 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
If you want permission to be the first to release a song, you must get permission directly from the copyright holders. We can help you make your request with our Custom Licensing services.
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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
Usually, yes. The terms of the expiration will be established in the custom license agreement made with the copyright holder.
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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 Backing Tracks and Custom Licensing services.

Custom Licensing and Backing Tracks
You can now easily obtain fully customizable cover recordings for any use through our new Get Backing Tracks service. If you want to use an original 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 services. Check out the links at the top of the page (desktop) or in the menu (mobile) for more info on these 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
With Custom Licensing, 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 holders.
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Do you license songs written by international composers, such as a song by a composer living in Japan?
Cover Song Licensing
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.

Custom Licensing
Songs exclusively written by international composers can be cleared through our Custom Licensing services. With Custom Licensing, you can request a license from any country, 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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What if I can't get permission? Is it possible that you might not be able to help me clear a song?
Cover Songs
We can license almost any song. It's rare that we are unable to license a song. 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. There are some limitations, however. Easy Song Licensing will not be able to help you get a compulsory mechanical license if: - you change the lyrics of the song, - you change the fundamental melody of the song (general rearrangement is allowed however), - you request a song that has never been released, - you need to license retroactively (a previous release of yours), - you release your recording of the song for any purpose other than personal private listening by the end user, or - you request a song with a copyright holder based outside of, and not represented in the United States. If any of the above scenarios apply to you, please check out our custom licensing services.

Custom Licensing
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. This forfeiture of guarantee extends to cases of both Custom Assistance and Custom Handling. Also, any fees paid for custom licensing are non-refundable, as described in our refund policy.
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What types of uses do the licenses you clear for me allow?
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.)

Custom Licensing
With Custom Licensing, 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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