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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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How are medleys handled? Do we have to get a license for each separate song part of the medley?
Cover Song Licensing
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. When adding medleys, add each song part as a separate song and provide the length in minutes and seconds of that song part. Note that medleys can be considered derivative works, which require special permission from the copyright holder. This depends on how the medley is constructed and varies case-by-case. If you have specific questions about how this applies to your medley, please contact us for details.

Custom Licensing
For custom licensing purposes, each song part of the medley counts as a song. In other words, if you have paid for Custom Handling services for up to five songs, this would cover only one medley with five song parts.
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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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What is an "interpolation"?
Interpolation is when you use any portion of lyrics or melody from a copyrighted song that you did not write within an existing composition, original composition, or public domain song. For interpolations, our standard cover song licensing does not apply. Instead, Custom Licensing is required.
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