If an user uses any music created by another author and/or composer, regardless of how they use it, they will always need a license. This applies even when they do not pretend to generate economic benefits with the “version” or “cover” they have made.
They can obtain a licenses through various online services, such as for example: www.easysonglicensing.com.
In addition of what the law dictates regarding the protection of the rights of ‘author’, ‘artist’ and/or ‘producer’, there are some more reasons of why they should get a license:
As partners in the music industry, we expect a fair and respectful treatment of our image and works, so we should do the same with our partners.
Inadequate and illegal use of works, may not only affect a public image of an artist as such, but also their reputation in the business sector (mainly with distributors and stores).
Example. Let us be an example of respect for fans and consumers, making a legal use of our work and the works of other colleagues as well etc.
Do not confuse a “version” or “cover” with a “remix”. If an artist has made a remix of somebody else’s work, or uses samples from other songs or recordings, in all cases they must have a permission from the owner of the original master.
Cover Songs,Remixes, Tribute, Karaoke, Public Domain and Creative Commons uploads may legally distribute your content worldwide only if:
1. The appropriate licenses are obtained for areas and territories not covered by MCPS or PRS. Distribution areas not covered include the United States, Canada, Mexico, Pakistan, and India. To distribute in these territories requires the appropriate licenses prior to upload or the removal of the territories using the Manage Stores page tool.
2. Appropriate permissions must be obtained from the rights owners in order to use any sample material in your composition.
3. Metadata must conform to the Content Infringement Guidelines.