Yes, you can upload a cover. A cover song is a song that you performed and recorded yourself, but the music and lyrics were written by someone else. A cover song is a straightforward interpretation of a track and no significant changes have been made to neither the melody nor the lyrics.
How do I upload a cover in the app correctly?
- It has to be your own recording.
- You must fill in the original writers as writers.
You may NOT mention the original artist, not in the release text nor on the cover art.
Do I need a license?
You need a license for selling downloads of covers in the US, Mexico, Canada, India and Pakistan.
If you don't have a license, you have two options:
1. We don't distribute to Apple/iTunes and Google.
2. We don't distribute to the US, Mexico, Canada, India nor Pakistan.
If you have one cover song on an album with several tracks, the album is still affected by the cover song.
Where can I get a license?
When it comes to licensing, we frequently see our users using songfile.com (we are not affiliated, but there is a great deal of information on their site about the service they provide.)
Can I translate the lyrics for a cover?
Yes, but you need permission from the copyright holder. When you make a substantial change to a song, like a translation of the lyrics, you need the permission of the copyright holders as it is regarded as Derivative work and not a cover.