How to distribute cover songs – do I need a license?

What counts as a cover song? What music is in the public domain? Do I need a mechanical license? Where can I obtain a license? How do I format my metadata for distribution? You’ll need to…

YouTuber’s using Fortnite’s Travis Scott performances this weekend have 30 days until they’re claimed

This weekend on Fortnite they’re having an ‘Astronomical’ event with Travis Scott and for a brief grace period YouTuber’s can earn money from videos of his performances. In a very unique move, Epic Games are…

How does NCS Music make money from copyright free music

With over 25 million subscribers on YouTube, NCS Music is a label dedicated to promoting free music for electronic music lovers and creators, but how is a free-to-use music model sustainable? NCS allows any of…

Can I release charity music through RouteNote?

Yes, your charity releases can be distributed to all stores through RouteNote. A couple of notes to point out for all releases with RouteNote that are worth considering for potential charity albums. Your release cannot…

Led Zeppelin are safe from copyright infringement in Stairway to Heaven thanks to “pre-1976 music” law

Led Zeppelin have won a case against them (again) that claims they stole elements of their huge track Stairway to Heaven from another thanks to a concrete copyright law for older recordings. Earlier in the…

How to legally use samples in your music

The specifics on how and where you can use samples you’ve found online can be murky. Make sure you’re clued up on how to use copyright samples in your commercial music before publishing. Make sure…

Can I distribute music without copyright registration?

It’s easy to get lost in copyright if you don’t have a clear understanding of how it works. Copyright is what legally protects your work from being stolen. So how do I copyright my work…

Youka creates karaoke videos from any YouTube music video

Using AI, ‘YouTube to Karaoke’ site would isolate the instrumental track of any YouTube music video and sync the lyrics with the muted vocal line. Unfortunately, this has since caught the attention of copyright holders…

Glossary of music industry words, terms and what they mean

Don’t get lost in the music industry chat. All the lingo you’ll need to get clued up on all things distribution, streaming, revenue, etc. C/P Line – The C Line and P Line are indicators…

Sampling culture: How has it evolved and how much of modern music uses samples?

Sampling has developed as an art-form in itself and laces genres and artists through evolving patchworks of music; but when the paintbrush is sodden in legal and ethical questions how does it prevail and where…