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Cover songs on myspace... allowed?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Diggler, Jul 21, 2007.


  1. Diggler

    Diggler

    Mar 3, 2005
    Western PA
    We're an exclusively covers band, but we'd like to add some recordings of our covers onto myspace.

    Can we put up our own rendition of Jesse's Girl without Rick Springfield delivering us a subpoena or a cease and desist letter?
     
  2. The_D

    The_D Well, thats like your opinion. Man...

    Mar 20, 2004
    Fife, Scotland
    I am not entirely sure. I looked into it back when our band started and I dont think they allow it. I gave up on Myspace after that as it was the only reason for me starting a page :)
     
  3. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I'm pretty sure that the following clause disallows cover songs unless you pay the royalties.

    The reason you can play cover songs at bars is that the bar pays a royalty fee that covers the music played in the bar. But I am not a lawyer and will sue anybody who says otherwise :eyebrow:
     
  4. The_D

    The_D Well, thats like your opinion. Man...

    Mar 20, 2004
    Fife, Scotland

    Yeah that clause is as far as I went with it.
     
  5. Steve

    Steve

    Aug 10, 2001
    "Technically", the answer is no.

    "Realistically", there are already a zillion posted. Including a couple from the work I do.

    The worst that will happen is that it'll get flagged and pulled or you will get told to pull it.

    You would have to be the unluckiest guy on the planet to be the one person to get legally hammered as an example to the rest of us wrong-doers.

    IMHO
     
  6. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Exactly what I was gonna say. In fact, look at it this way: There are all these "Fan sites" on Myspace where people upload not covers, but actual recordings of the artist they are paying tribute to. Just so people can add their songs as profile songs. THOSE people will go down before you will.

    I had a fan site, it was just taken down, that was it. Most of these fan sites remain active, it depends on who finds them, etc.

    Go for it, odds are you'll be fine... I've seen a few local cover acts upload their covers and their site has been active for 2 years or so.
     
  7. We've had covers on our myspace for years, nobody seems to care :)
     
  8. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Yes, but when your fan site goes down .... nothing happens.

    If you have heavily promoted your myspace page and it gets taken down, you could now lose fans.
     
  9. Diggler

    Diggler

    Mar 3, 2005
    Western PA
    Since we have a 'real' webpage, not just a myspace, would we be better off legally to put it on our own site? That way, if for some reason we got shut down because they found out that we have a live recording on there, I could move to another host and just not post them on the new site.

    Hypothetical discussions are welcome.

    :)
     
  10. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    You wouldn't lose fans, but you would lose contact with them.
     
  11. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Why do you need to have covers on the band webpage? Original artists need to have samples of their work so people can hear what they sound like. Unless you do really obscure or really different covers, people have heard the songs and can get an idea of what you play from setlists.
     
  12. Diggler

    Diggler

    Mar 3, 2005
    Western PA
    We change up and do our own versions of a lot of them; sort of like how the Gimme Gimmes put extra edge on the songs, and we add lots of harmonies and such that a lot of the other bands don't. Anyone can make a web site and say that they're great; I just think it's better for people who may hire you to hear for themselves what you sound like from a live recording.
     
  13. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I agree, that's what the demo CD is for. But I'm not sure you need to post them to the website. But I could be very wrong.

    Do you keep the main band page up to date with gigs? If so, I would post the songs to the myspace. As long as people go though your band page to get to myspace, you should be ok.
     
  14. Diggler

    Diggler

    Mar 3, 2005
    Western PA
    We keep the main site and myspace updated with gigs and such. We had the main page fully developed for a while and just recently added the myspace page.

    We have some simple clips... just 45 seconds or so of a few songs... on our website, and we've already gotten some jobs from cold calls. People have seen the website, were impressed with how professional it looked, and said the clips sealed the deal.

    However, it seems like people find us more often on myspace, just because they're likely to see us through a local friends network. They'd have to actively look for our website to find us.
     
  15. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I think clips are a grey area. You are much less likely to get in trouble for clips than full songs. But like I said, I am not a lawyer, I still have a soul ;)
     
  16. I've had one posted up for a little over a year im still there
     
  17. Reviving an old thread because our band was wanting to post a few of our video performances of cover songs. If MySpace doesn't technically allow it, then why do they also produce a daily "chart" of "Today's Most Popular Cover Songs"?
    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.charts&mastercategory=300&category=302

    Seems like they're sending a contradictory message about this issue. Or is it possibly that they don't care about videos, but they do care about audio tracks? Any ideas? :confused:
     
  18. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    NJ
    I think you're good, as long as you're not collecting any money for/from them.
     
  19. AlembicPlayer

    AlembicPlayer Im not wearing shorts

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pacific Northwet, USA
    do the right thing.
    get a mechanical license for every cover song you record, release and sell.
    no worries when you play by the rules.

    cheers!
     
  20. I do'nt really have any knowledge to add to the conversation, but it seems to me that, as long as you're giving credit to the original artists, there's no such thing as bad publicity...

    I know I have heard several cover bands do songs that later impelled me to go and find the original artists' work, thus giving money to the original artist.

    Meh.
     

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