Can a person legally sell a cover song if they recorded their own arrangement of the song?

I'm recording a CD to sell and I want to put on there a cover I did of Beautiful Day by U2. I arranged it myself so it sounds different.

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  • 10 years ago
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    To record and sell a cover...even if it's your own version, you need to pay a royalty. ASCAP manages the copyrights to this song. If you fail get permission, it's a copyright violation and you can be sued. The license you purchase is based on the type of use and amount of CDs you expect to sell...so it's affordable. They aren't out to prevent you from making a profit...they just want a small cut, maybe a few cents per CD. According to ASCAP, this is the contact info for the rights to Beautiful Day:

    UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING INTERNATIONAL LTD

    C/O UNIVERSAL POLYGRAM INTERNATIONAL

    2440 SEPULVEDA BLVD

    SUITE 100

    LOS ANGELES, CA, 90064

    Tel. (310) 235-4700

    http://www.ascap.com/ace/search.cfm?requesttimeout...

  • 10 years ago

    Tommy gave great advice

    follow it

    It's U2"s song,

    You can NOT sell it legally without paying royalties

  • 10 years ago

    No!!!! You still have to have written permission from the OWNER and/or SONGWRITER of the song!!!! Or they can sue you......

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    yes you can, as long as you dont claim it to be your own song

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  • 10 years ago

    no. it is still violating copyright laws

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