Which describes how copyright applies to a cover song?

(A) You only need permission for songs played on the radio.

(B) You don’t need permission if you perform an a cappella version.

(C) You don’t need permission if the artist has passed away.

(D) You need permission from the songwriter or music publisher.

Explanation

If an artist you represent performs a cover song, make sure you have permission from the copyright owners (i.e., songwriter or music publisher). You may need additional licenses to reproduce the original sound recording, including the song in a video, or displaying the lyrics.

Conclusion

This question is a part of the Understanding content ownership lesson from the Digital Music rights on YouTube unit and the “Navigate copyright permissions” lesson from the YouTube Content Ownership course.

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