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Playing covers get you in legal trouble?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by HardRockZombie, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. HardRockZombie


    Jul 4, 2002
    My fellow bandmates want to declare ourselves a Weezer tribute band in order to get more gigs around town.
    Our drummer claims that you have to pay rights in order to play cover songs for money is there any truth to that?
  2. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I recently read that a copyright does not apply to real, live performances (you couldn't record yourselves live and sell that recording, without paying royalties).

    I know we have talked about this topic before. Let me see if I can find it for you.

    EDIT: Here it is: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=66644&highlight=copyright.

    Also, I don't recommend calling yourself a Weezer tribute band unless you are one. When someone goes to hear a tribute band, they expect to hear a band that sounds exactly like the original band and has at least one or two guys that look like the original band. Maybe when you advertise your band's name, you should just mention that you feature some of Weezer's music (unless you are an honest-to-goodness tribute band).

    Good luck.
  3. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    to my understanding, the venue that you play at cover ASCAP and BMI fees.

    to play published music live, fees still need to be paid for the writer's "royalties" - that cost is with the owner of the venue.

    they need to pay fees for juke boxes as well