HumairaS / Humaira Syed 6yr+12mo ago
Hey! I just finished up a cover of "Lights" by Ellie Goulding. I heard a band called Wanderhouse cover the song, and I loved their version so much more, so I decided to give it a go. What do you guys think?


     

3 people like this: RAVEN, Norswede, xvpusw

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xvpusw   commented 6yr+12mo ago


Beautiful...

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sriracha   commented 6yr+12mo ago


You can't release covers on Kompoz unless you have a license for it.

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HumairaS   commented 6yr+12mo ago


Whoops, sorry! :O Though I didn't upload it to Kompoz, I only shared a Youtube link so that others might give their opinion on it.The actual cover is on Youtube. I've seen a few youtube links up here before, is that also not allowed?

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sriracha   commented 6yr+12mo ago


Sorry - my bad. I thought you'd linked a tune you did here. Sorry about that,

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Norswede   commented 6yr+12mo ago


Gorgeous voice :)

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VocalRun   commented 6yr+12mo ago


http://https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/411041 But you do have a cover project on the site. Just saying.

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HumairaS   commented 6yr+12mo ago


Thanks for the warning, just took it down. :)

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FingerFolkie   commented 6yr+12mo ago


Just a word of warning. You have recorded a digital cover of a song that has a copywrite, and you are distributing it in digital form - Youtube. Check with The Harry Fox Agency http://www.harryfox.com/public/MechanicalLicenseslic.jsp. It's really much easier to buy a mechanical license, than deal with copywrite lawyers. Don't ask.

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Norswede   commented 6yr+12mo ago


You can make covers on kompoz but you have to make them private projects and buy a license if you want to release it to the public but licenses for just sharing music aren't that expensive :)

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FingerFolkie   commented 6yr+12mo ago


Right. Licenses are a whole lot cheaper than lawyers!

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RAVEN   commented 6yr+12mo ago


Gorgeous rendition - much better than the original. :)

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dannyraymilligan   commented 6yr+12mo ago


This is a wonderful rendition. It's hard to know how people will react to you doing one of their songs. Many people are complimented, flattered and/or honored when you do a cover version of something they wrote, provided you aren't selling it. If you're making money off it, it would be a VERY GOOD IDEA to get a mechanical license for the song, or you might get sued. On occasion, some publishers or record companies will also get an attitude about it, but they're NOT about artistic expression, they're about making a buck...

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dannyraymilligan   commented 6yr+12mo ago


According to the website posted above by fingerfolkie, you can license the song for only $16, and then if you wish to publish it on a cd (as long as it's under 2500 copies), you can. However, if you go that route, you must remember to keep track of how many copies you sell of your CD, because you must pay a royalty of 9 or 10 cents per copy to the person who owns the copyright to that song.... As far as just posting your version on youtube, 99% of the time people won't care as long as you give them credit for their work. For example, you could post 'My version of John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High"' with you sitting on your sofa and strumming a guitar and singing, and NOBODY will ever say a word. If you try to make an itunes download of it, however, you're moonwalking on thin ice, lol!

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Norswede   commented 6yr+12mo ago


LOL yeah. I've seen so many amazing covers on SoundCloud. As long as it's titled as a cover of the original song and artist, it doesn't look like anyone really cares. If anything, it leads more people to the original artist's work which can only benefit them in the end :)

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FingerFolkie   commented 6yr+12mo ago


It's a tricky subject. After having to deal with a copywrite suit, (I won) I now license everything that someone else did if it goes through a mic and gets printed as a computer file. Spend a few bucks. Avoid a nightmare. It's well worth it. Sure, a lot of people get by, but it's certainly nasty if you don't.

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dannyraymilligan   commented 6yr+12mo ago


It's always best to play it safe, of course, which is probably why Kompoz doesn't allow covers at all (or do they, if you have a license?), because they can't be sued for promoting copyright infringement. Myself, I wouldn't care. I've found several of my songs (unfinished versions, strangely enough) posted on youtube, and they did notate that I created the song, so as long as they didn't try to claim it as theirs, I was fine with it.