July 18th, 2009
So let's check the FAQ for confirmation: http://creators.rockband.com/docs/FAQ
Seems pretty cut-and-dry to me. Henry either misspoke or the rules changed on him.Can I submit a cover song?
* No. The RBN Program Terms clearly define the rights you need. Basically, you must own or control all rights for both the composition and the sound recording(s) embodied in any song that you submit; this includes the right to receive all payments. Because of the complexity around rights for cover songs, we cannot allow them to be submitted.
By the way, if people read this and are suddenly worried about the fate of the Fauxharmonic's use of Public Domain songs, fear not. The FAQ does go on:
Can I submit a composition from the Public Domain?
* Yes, you can, with a couple restrictions. As with any other submission to RBN you must control all the necessary rights for any song that you submit to the extent such submission is protected by copyright or other applicable law. In addition, for Public Domain songs
o You must document that the composition is in fact in the public domain (and we will ask you to submit such information for review and verification in our sole discretion)
o You must ensure that all other non-public domain elements are owned and controlled by you. Be aware that even if a composition of a song is in the public domain, arrangements and recordings of that composition most often are not.