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What If I want to change lyrics / make a mash-up / use a sample?

Alex Holz
posted this on September 20, 2011 12:51 PM

These would all likely constitute a "derivative work" and require direct permission from the copyright owner. There are exceptions to this (such as parody or any "fair use" provisions). We advise consulting a lawyer if you are unsure about whether the lyric change constitutes fair use.

 

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Kelly Coyne

I had 3 song clearances that I obtained the licenses for today and one of the songs is through Acuff-Rose Music Inc called Jambalaya and I'm new to this kind of thing. My question is if you have the same lyrics to the song with nothing changed but...like with Jambalaya I put on my vocals of the music and I added (feat) Hank Williams with him singing in the background. Same with Dinosaur. But, I put Bedrock Dinosaur instead of feature because I rewrote the song for the Bedrock Dinosaur, And for the Blues Man I featured Hank Williams Jr with him singing in the background. Do I still have to write the publishers?

June 08, 2012 06:27 PM
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Kelly Coyne

In other words, for Dinosaur song, I just changed the lyric to Bedrock Dinosaur and the lyrics are somewhat changed, but not all of them are changed. 

June 08, 2012 06:29 PM
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Alex Holz
Limelight

Unfortunately this is outside our scope and you would need to secure the licenses directly with the music publisher(s) as we can't clear a derivative work.

 

-Alex

June 08, 2012 06:31 PM
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Aisa Haywood

What about changing the gender references within a song, for example "man" to "woman" or "him" to "her"?

July 03, 2012 09:16 AM
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Ian Cube

Yes, What about changing the gender references within a song, for example "man" to "woman" or "him" to "her"?

September 29, 2012 10:46 AM
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Alex Holz
Limelight

Always best to contact the publisher (even though it's a minor change, the publisher may not grant the license).

October 01, 2012 11:42 AM
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Dustin Douglas

I have a Christmas Medley that contains pieces of 4 different existing Christmas songs... 2 are public doman and 2 are not...

How do I go about clearing the song for usage on iTunes, Spotify, etc... ?

February 04, 2014 06:40 PM
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Dustin Douglas

BTW - it is an instrumental... no vocals.

February 04, 2014 10:30 PM