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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.
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.
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.