So are ALL covers prohibited from RBN? Even for example blues songs written by someone else a long time ago, but made famous and completely redone musically by a more famous artist? I know it's hard to just look at one song, but say a blues song written by Robert Johnson, but played completely different by Eric Clapton...just curious
and no I have not signed an agreement with eric clapton to chart his songs...but if his people are reading this, hit me up lol
OK, can I complicate things even more?
Say (hypothetically) that Metallica wanted to release Mercyful Fate as a Rock Band song (which is a medley of Mercyful Fate songs) or something similar, what are the rules on this, as it is not a direct cover?
They would have to go through the normal store,Not the RBN ... plain and simple.
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(The following question may be stretching the definition of "cover," but I think it relates enough to not warrant a new thread.)
Would a song using someone else's written work (whether public domain or not) as lyrics be rejected as a 'cover' as well?
For example, last summer I worked in a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night that had an original rock score, using the lyrics to the 'songs' written in the play (of which there is no record of the actual music), that was subsequently released and sold on CD. If the company wanted to put that CD into RBN, would they be allowed to?
Or if someone had written a song using a poem by Maya Angelou and wanted to distribute it via RBN, would that be kosher? Rush tended to allude to (and I think even directly quote from) Ayn Rand, and HMX seems to be fine with that.
Though, I know it's probably one of those "just because a big musician did it and it's in the Music Store doesn't mean anyone can." I'm not sure if in Rush's case it's OK because of public domain rights (both when the songs were written and nowadays) or because of their popularity. It's even more debatable when relating the Rush example to Alien Ant Farm ("Smooth Criminal") and Stevie Ray Vaughan ("Mary Had a Little Lamb"). I doubt that it would be fine for RBN, but I'd still like to get an official response, even if it's "We'll call them when they come."
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All of those examples would be no go for RBN. RBN has a strict no covers policy.
HMX RB DLC does allow covers however.
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The main Rock Band store is different because Harmonix themselves are negotiating the rights to both the composition and the performance, so they know everything's okay. Due to the potential volume of incoming Rock Band Network songs, the easiest policy to implement is just no covers, period.