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I'm confused about cover songs and sampling…

If your CD includes music that is sampled from other works, you have to get licenses from the original master's owner, which can be difficult and expensive.

Remixes and DJ CD's are equally difficult to clear. Oasis can not manufacture from a master that contains any unlicensed samples.

Cover songs are easily and economically dealt with. If your CD includes music that you did not write, you owe a small licensing fee (“mechanical royalty”) to the copyright holder of each cover song. It's generally very easy to get this license online at www.songfile.com for quantities of 2,500 or less.
We encourage you to happily support your fellow musicians in their efforts to earn a living, and we trust that when they record your songs, they'll do the same.

 

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