How to make a cover song?

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I don't know how easy it is to do, but the surest way to avoid problems would be to get a cover license or other explicit permission from the publisher. I believe in the case of A7X that would be Warner Music Group. They might just say "go for it and have fun, as long as you don't monetize it".
 
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William Byerley

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When I monetize something, is it my entire account or just that one specific video?
If I covered Unholy Confessions for example and input every instrument myself, will that still not be eligible? Perhaps play it wrong on purpose?
What if I was playing Unholy Confessions in Amsterdam and people throw coins at me? Will I have problems?
Would the guys approve? or be like "gtfo"? I really enjoy playing there music!
 

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You can play anything you like on YouTube, but there's a good chance the video is gonna get demonetized.

You can upload covers legally to streaming services with Distrokid. They take care of securing the licence.

I have never talked to a publisher directly though.

As for playing it in your hometown and people throwing coins at you, I am fairly confident both the band and the publisher don't care. YouTube is full of stuff like that. Technically, I think the money people may give you is considered a donation, so it should also be tax free :LOL:.
 
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You can play anything you like on YouTube, but there's a good chance the video is gonna get demonetized.

You can upload covers legally to streaming services with Distrokid. They take care of securing the licence.

I have never talked to a publisher directly though.

As for playing it in your hometown and people throwing coins at you, I am fairly confident both the band and the publisher don't care. YouTube is full of stuff like that. Technically, I think the money people may give you is considered a donation, so it should also be tax free :LOL:.
Not anything you like, Beatles, led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Queen all get taken down I believe. And there are a couple more.

Unless, Rick Beato's testimony did what I hope it did than you're free to whatever.
 
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Not anything you like, Beatles, led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Queen all get taken down I believe. And there are a couple more.

Unless, Rick Beato's testimony did what I hope it did than you're free to whatever.
Huh, really, do they actually take them down? I was aware that they'd get demonetized...why take them down though?
 
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Huh, really, do they actually take them down? I was aware that they'd get demonetized...why take them down though?
Yes they take them down. I uploaded I cover of stairway to heaven and got a copyright strike and it got taken down. Same with while my guitar gently weeps.
 

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Yes they take them down. I uploaded I cover of stairway to heaven and got a copyright strike and it got taken down. Same with while my guitar gently weeps.
I just looked up some of those, i saw covers, maybe they just aren't monetized and your account is? or does it work per video
edit: I went over my videos and the ones that didn't get copyrighted we're me covering songs but playing them too slow and with mistakes. I'm guess it's a bot that scans the audio waves and matches them like fingerprints.
the solo cover I did, I played a bunch of stuff before the solo began so maybe that's a reason for it not being copyrighted.
than another video, I played a jam and with a7x playing in the backround and it got the strike, so I take it you can't just sample a song by making layers.
 
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It is, Rick Beato has a lot of videos on it and, as I said, he testified in front of some sort of jury against these blocking things.
Props to him for fighting the good fight. I was always curious if these actions are artist based or publisher based. I, as an actually published musician, would love for people to cover my songs. I mean FFS, if that gets me exposure and streams, what more could I ask for? I don't really care much for merch and even if I did, people using and listening to my music is the way to go.

I just ... don't understand some people's way of thinking with regards to this.
 

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Props to him for fighting the good fight. I was always curious if these actions are artist based or publisher based. I, as an actually published musician, would love for people to cover my songs. I mean FFS, if that gets me exposure and streams, what more could I ask for? I don't really care much for merch and even if I did, people using and listening to my music is the way to go.

I just ... don't understand some people's way of thinking with regards to this.
It's usually the record labels
 
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Yes they take them down. I uploaded I cover of stairway to heaven and got a copyright strike and it got taken down. Same with while my guitar gently weeps.
A "copyright strike" is much different than a "copyright claim" on Youtube. Three strikes and your channel is gone. I've got a variety of covers on my channel from artists with various labels and they all get copyright claimed. This will automatically put copyright credits at the end of the video description and you get no money from your video if that's what you're trying to do. If you're not monetizing and get a copyright claim---then the video will stay where allowed (some claims restrict playback in certain countries).
 

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A "copyright strike" is much different than a "copyright claim" on Youtube. Three strikes and your channel is gone. I've got a variety of covers on my channel from artists with various labels and they all get copyright claimed. This will automatically put copyright credits at the end of the video description and you get no money from your video if that's what you're trying to do. If you're not monetizing and get a copyright claim---then the video will stay where allowed (some claims restrict playback in certain countries).
Ok cool, thanks for sharing
 
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