Derivative work
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What is derivative work?

If you take a preexisting song and use it to create a new composition that is called “derivative work”. The main difference with a cover is that it has significant modifications to the original lyrics and/or melody. An example would be recording someone else's riff yourself instead of sampling the recording of the riff.

What to consider when distributing with Amuse

Unlike a cover, you will always need the permission of the copyright holder of the pre-existing song to be able to distribute derivative work.

Some examples of derivative work in the musical field are:

  • Medleys

  • Mashups

  • Remixes

  • Parodies

  • Language translations (e.g. translating the lyrics of a preexisting song)

  • Musical arrangements that make any significant changes to the lyrics and/or original composition

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