Monday, December 23, 2013
Compulsory License for Beck's "Song Reader" Album?
However ... Keep in mind that the real key to a compulsory license is the phrase "under the authority of the copyright owner." If Beck (assuming he is the copyright owner) has authorized someone else to make and distribute recordings, he would trigger the compulsory license right. At least two artists, Amy Regan, and the Portland Cello Project, appear to have released authorized recordings. More importantly, when our staff spoke with Beck's publisher Kobalt Songs, (see screenshot, below), we were told that they grant Song Reader compulsory licenses. That would explain the presence of the Song Reader compositions at Limelight as well. So, a license from Limelight, or Kobalt, should secure your ability to sell your versions at iTunes.
P.S. As noted, Beck has set up a website for musicians to contribute their versions of Song Reader compositions.
|screenshot from ASCAP site|