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Cover Songs and the Law

Cover Songs and the Law (copyright)

There have been plenty of lawsuits and or settlements over someone stealing someone else’s song, whether in whole or in part, intentionally or not. Apparently you just can’t be doing that type of thing. I touched on this a bit in previous blogs and there are many examples that I’m aware of (and many I'm not) plus a few more I picked up while doing research, so perhaps a part two or three?

Without getting too technical when it comes to a person wanting to do a cover song they do not need the permission of the owner(s) or writer(s) as the case may be, of the song. There is a thing called 'Compulsory Licence' in the U.S. and similar laws internationally under the 'Berne Convention' that requires compensation be paid to said owners. So in most countries you just need to credit and pay the people who own the song or the 'publishing' rights. I'll blog about that part another time. Then there is the whole idea of  'samp…

Country Artists cover Rock songs!

Country Artists cover Rock songs

Here are some Rock songs covered by ‘Country’ artists. This certainly goes both ways, but I have found there are many more 'country' songs covered by Rock artists and I'll blog about that in the future. “Better Man” Pearl Jam, Written by Eddie Vedder Released on Vitalogy, November 22, 1994, Since their debut album ‘Ten’ in 1991, this hard rocking ‘grunge band’ has built quite the following (this one's for my nephew Evan!) this songs been covered a dozen times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbpUfWz-rlc Sugarland, from Live on the Inside, August 4, 2009 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOt_6fcnUx8
Sugarland likes to cover rock songs; Kings of Leon-Sex on Fire, B-52's-Love Shack, R.E.M.-The one I Love.
Sunday Morning” written by John Cale, Lou Reed, recorded by The Velvet Underground & Nico Dec. 1966. Call them Rock, Avant-garde, artsy, experimental, pre-punk or whatever-they were very influential. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3…