I want to offer a cover version for download/streaming/sale. What do I need to consider?

A cover version is deemed to be a new recording of the musical work. It does not constitute an arrangement of the lyrics and composition. For such a cover song, the necessary rights must be acquired. This is usually done via us. Licence fees are due, irrespective whether the piece is part of a performance or a recording for a CD. If, together with the cover version, a video is produced, the synchronisation right must also be cleared.

In case of doubt whether it really is a cover version or in fact an arrangement, you should contact the relevant rightsholders directly. We are not allowed to decide whether it is a cover or an arrangement.

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