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Criminal Creativity: Untangling Cover Song Licensing on YouTube – Waxy.org

Andy Baio takes a look at how copyright plays in when it comes to posting cover songs on YouTube.

Most people don’t know that cover songs need a synchronization license, and even if they did, trying to get one is a confusing and expensive proposition. Unlike the mechanical licenses used to release a cover song on an album, video sync licenses don’t have an affordable flat rate and require the publisher’s explicit permission.