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Posted By: John on: 04/28/2009 09:53:27 EDT|
Subject: Publishing Music
Not that I have any plans, I'm just curious of the US "process".|
Let's say, for example, I want to publish Chubby Chick's "The Pretzel Twist", along with other songs.
I assume, I have to obtain the "right" to publish, via a "license". I also assume, especially with the larger record companies, I will be asked how many I plan to sell, where, how, etc.. They will then "quote" me a license price. However, if I want to license several songs, they may give me a discount and not even charge me for one (this is why I sometimes see "Courtesy of XXXX Records", on some CDs); I just have to give them credit.
Okay, I got my license and I'm good to go. However, Blank Records said they don't have the master tape. They never had it anyway, they just are the copyright holder. Besides, they are not obligated to "give" me the song, correct? However, a friend found the master tape at a garage sale, but the "hit" version was missing, but a similar sounding, early Take, never published, was found on the tape. I guess this is where it gets complex. Do I need a incense to publish this? Who holds the copyright, Chubby Chick and/or Blank Records?
I guess every situation can end up unique, since there can be a lot of variables?