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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 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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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 is a "Derivative Work"?
A "derivative work" is any song that takes a pre-existing work and uses that material to create a new composition. It differs from a cover song, which is a more straightforward interpretation of an existing composition without significant alterations to the melody or lyrics. Examples of derivative works include: - translations - sampling or replaying (re-recording a segment of the original song) - parodies - medleys - songs arrangements that change lyrics, abridge the music, or make other significant alterations to the original composition. Clearing derivative works is very difficult. The copyright owner can set any price, take all the time they want, and reject the permission altogether. For this reason, it’s important to temper expectations when making a derivative request. For help making a derivative request, check our our Custom Licensing services.
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