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General Etiquette => Life...in general => Topic started by: Solanna Dryden on October 16, 2012, 05:22:16 PM

Title: Cover Tune Etiquette
Post by: Solanna Dryden on October 16, 2012, 05:22:16 PM
So I'm in a band now. Well, not really, we're part of the Queen's Busking Club, but my point is the same: since we're a fairly new band and we're all getting used to each other, obviously we're just going to keep it simple and cover songs that everyone already knows.

My question is this: What is the etiquette of this? Is it considered poor form to do it without notifying the original artists? Obviously, if it's a huge band like Pink Floyd that's a little impractical and chances are they won't care either. But what about for smaller/indie bands? I'm pushing to do a song by my favourite band, who are pretty small. Historically, they are totally okay with people covering their songs (especially the one I want to do! There's dozens of covers of it!), but what do you think? Do I need to give them a heads up?
(to make matters even more complicated/potentially awkward - the lead singer lives in the same city as me. Since we're playing in a public place, there's always the chance he could see us doing it.)

Does it make a difference if you're getting paid or not? We busk strictly for charity, we don't keep any of the proceeds.
Title: Re: Cover Tune Etiquette
Post by: squeakers on October 16, 2012, 05:32:01 PM
I think this falls more under a legal thing than an etiquette thing.
Title: Re: Cover Tune Etiquette
Post by: Darcy on October 16, 2012, 05:34:33 PM
This is definitely a legal issue. You need to look at the laws to see if busking for charity constitutes free use.
Title: Re: Cover Tune Etiquette
Post by: Solanna Dryden on October 16, 2012, 05:37:12 PM
We already have. We're all good legally. Let's not talk about legal stuff, I've never had a thread locked and I want to keep my record!  ;D
Title: Re: Cover Tune Etiquette
Post by: jpcher on October 16, 2012, 06:14:10 PM
We already have. We're all good legally. Let's not talk about legal stuff, I've never had a thread locked and I want to keep my record!  ;D

If you're all legally good then you checked into copyrights and all that, right?


Keeping legalities out . . . what exactly is your question?



Etiquettely speaking, if you're going to perform a song that you have legal rights to perform, then yes. It would be a nicety to send an invitation to the original band. You never know. They just might show up and that would be way cool, wouldn't it? ;D


Title: Re: Cover Tune Etiquette
Post by: Solanna Dryden on October 16, 2012, 06:15:39 PM
We already have. We're all good legally. Let's not talk about legal stuff, I've never had a thread locked and I want to keep my record!  ;D

If you're all legally good then you checked into copyrights and all that, right?


Keeping legalities out . . . what exactly is your question?



Etiquettely speaking, if you're going to perform a song that you have legal rights to perform, then yes. It would be a nicety to send an invitation to the original band. You never know. They just might show up and that would be way cool, wouldn't it? ;D

It would be XD. Cool. I'll facebook them tonight.
Title: Re: Cover Tune Etiquette
Post by: jpcher on October 16, 2012, 06:30:10 PM
Heck, I don't even see anything wrong with facebooking Pink Floyd!

Since it's for charity . . . you never know what might happen! ;D
Title: Re: Cover Tune Etiquette
Post by: baglady on October 16, 2012, 06:59:49 PM
The songwriters and bands I know *love* it when other people play their stuff. Exposure is good. Be sure to tell the audience whose song it is, especially if the original artist isn't super-famous.
Title: Re: Cover Tune Etiquette
Post by: cass2591 on October 16, 2012, 07:56:51 PM
I would think that finding forums or other musician friends you must know would have the answers to your questions. While I believe you when you say you have your legal ducks in a row, there will still be legal questions asked. Trust me.

This does nothing to tarnish your locked thread record, because if you'd asked me if a thread of yours was locked, I would have no idea, but locked this one is.