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Recording a Choir CD - copyright??

Discussion in 'Music' started by louiseelsiet, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. louiseelsiet

    louiseelsiet New commenter

    Hi,
    I am recording a choir CD with my primary school choir and wondered in terms of copyright laws what exactly I need to do? Can anyone help please?
    Thanks!
     
  2. louiseelsiet

    louiseelsiet New commenter

    Hi,
    I am recording a choir CD with my primary school choir and wondered in terms of copyright laws what exactly I need to do? Can anyone help please?
    Thanks!
     
  3. YesMrBronson

    YesMrBronson New commenter

    I think you'll need to provide a bit more information. What music is going on your CD?
     
  4. louiseelsiet

    louiseelsiet New commenter

    Hi,
    Sorry my message is a bit vague. We will be recording some songs like Do-re-mi, a selection from Les Miserables, Over the Rainbow, Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) etc and a few other traditional Welsh songs and Christmas carols.
     
  5. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

  6. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Oh ... just seen the OP's second post. Including songs from musicals could be much more problematic, as you will probably need to clear grand rights for each item separately. I'd seek advice from PRS/MCPS on licensing those songs.
     
  7. louiseelsiet

    louiseelsiet New commenter

    Ok, great I will look into it now. The CD will only be sold to parents and friends of the school.
    Thanks!
     
  8. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Lead commenter

    When you apply for your licence they'll tell you if they don't cover any of the songs. In that case you'll have to track down the copyright owner to get permission. This caused us endless bother and it later turned out that one of the songs in question WAS covered by MCPS after all!
     
  9. louiseelsiet

    louiseelsiet New commenter

    I've just had a look at the limited maufacture licence, the prices depend on the number of copies you sell. I don't know how many I am going to sell so wouldn't know which one to apply for!
     
  10. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    It is assumed that you will order x number of copies of the CD to be pressed, and that is the number that you apply to be licensed. It might well be worth setting up an advance ordering system (perhaps giving a small discount to those who pay in advance) to give you an idea of the potential sales.
     
  11. louiseelsiet

    louiseelsiet New commenter

    I was thinking of an advance ordering system so that may give me an idea. What happens if you sell more than what you first anticipated though? Do you just then pay the extra?
     
  12. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    You'd need to check with MCPS, but I wouldn't be surprised if they charge you the full whack for a second licence, so it may be cheaper to overestimate on the original license application, especially as the prices are very modest compared with commerical licensing.
     

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