Fast-Forward: A Shortcut for Artists to Profit from Cover Songs

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Published 28 Sep 2010
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Most folks can't just record someone else's song and then start selling their version of it. 

But how do i...
Most folks can't just record someone else's song and then start selling their version of it. 

But how do independent artists clear the rights necessary to record a cover song and then release it for sale? This is a real problem, as thousands of independent artists across the country seek to record songs written by others -- and make some money in the process. Songs are protected by copyright, however, so permission must be secured and financial terms settled before a cover song can be sold to the public.

It's a problem Samantha Murphy, a.k.a. "The Highway Girl," understands well. Murphy, whose debut album Somewhere Between Starving & Stardom was one of Village Voice music critic Michael Ross's Top 10 picks in 2006, wanted to record a version of one of her favorite Johnny Cash songs, Ring of Fire.

Enter Limelight, a service of RightsFlow, which provides licensing and payment services for artists, record companies and online music services like Rhapsody and The Orchard.
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