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Now that there are new and unsigned artists/groups out there interested in RBN, it is extremely important to note that if you are a songwriter of any kind and you feel your work can be marketed you need to do 2 things: write your songs down (publishing) AND record them (even as a rough demo). That will give you a huge leg-up regarding "Intellectual Property Rights", especially if there is ever a dispute over the origin of the material.
Once published, those rights will belong to you or your heirs for your lifetime PLUS 75 years!
As far as covers versions, I worked with a few regional bands some time ago that wanted to either perform covers OR add covers to their albums. This is what I know:
First, a song must be "commercially released" in order for there to be a need for a "cover version". In fact, once a song has been commercially released....ANYONE can play it live, usually without having to receive direct permission or pay royalties. That's because performance venues (Restaurants, clubs, etc) are supposed to belong to ASCAP/BMI, which would give the venue a blanket right to publicly play copyrighted music via live band, DJ or jukebox.
Also ANYONE (100% of the time based on US copyright law) can Record said material AND sell it...provided of course the appropriate licensing fee's are payed and the songs lyrics and/or melody are not significantly altered.
The only real exceptions are compositions from musicals. They are treated seperately.
As far as rights. the songwriter has the greatest control over the composition. Unless the songwriter signs away ALL rights to their original composition (to another artist or publishing house) which unfortunately has been all too common, they still control "Intellectual Property Rights". The original songwriter has the rights to: Reproduce and Sell copies of their composition, Perform their composition publicly, Reproduce their composition in written form (sheet music/lyrics) for distribution, Reproduce and Sell copies (audio and/or video) of the Performance of their composition and can have their recorded performance (audio and/or video) of the composition played publicly.
There are also rights associated with the distributor of the recordings (record companies), which are reserved for "Sound Recordings". They are usually not too important for recording a cover.
Another set of rights/licenses are "Synchronization Rights", which allows a composition to be used in an audiovisual production (Movie, TV Show, etc). I am unsure if this is required in a video game, but it probably is.
In order to record a cover for distribution (let's say a CD), you need to have a "Mechanical License" for the composition. Although the fee's are not cheap, that license is fairly simple to get depending on: the number of CD recordings you plan to make, where (country) you plan to produce them and where (country) you intend to sell them.
This website, www.songfile.com, has some great info regarding this.
However, if you plan to put your cover recording up for download or any other digital release, you will also require a "Digital License".
These "Distribution Rights" (Mechanical and Digital) would be the hardest for an entity like RBN to deal with since there is no precedent to use to guage the number of possible downloads/sales, which is how licensing fee's are calculated. This is no doubt one of the reasons non-original material is not an option. It would just be easier to specify Original Material Only, which places the legal responsibilty of ownership on the artist.
Maybe some of this is helpful to someone.
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So I'm guess we wouldn't be able to do a variations on a Bach melody.
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As far as I know, Classical Compositions are considered Public Domain until 2019. What that means as far as use in RBN (inregards to Original vs Cover) I have no idea.
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