What is a music remix vs cover?

A remix uses source material from an existing, recorded piece of music, which has been re-arranged with technology, changes made to that sound and extra material added. A cover is a new performance of the same piece, usually with some changes to instrumentation, styling and approach.



A remix uses source material from an existing, recorded piece of music

What is the difference between a remix and a cover?

A remix is any version of a song that is altered from the original version. This can be an actual remix to a radio edit to an acoustic version. The only difference is a live version, which there is a separate field for. 2.) Covers are most often done by other artists but an artist can cover their own song.

What is the difference between a cover song and a remake?

There’s really no difference. According to Wikipedia: In popular music, a cover version or cover song, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording of a previously recorded, commercially released song by someone other than the original artist or composer. In R&B, remakes are common, often seen as tributes to the original artist.

What is a remix song?

Remix – A song that has been edited to sound different from the original version. Because remix has such a broad term, it can take many various forms. The most common form of a remix is when the track is re-organised and a new instrumental created behind it to make the song sound different. There are a few other types that we will look at.

What is the difference between a remix and a live version?

1.) A remix is any version of a song that is altered from the original version. This can be an actual remix to a radio edit to an acoustic version. The only difference is a live version, which there is a separate field for.



Do artists need permission to remix a song?

To remix a song legally, you’ll need to buy a copy of the song, obtain permission from the copyright holder, and have that permission in writing or in a voice recording. Remixing without permission is technically called a “bootleg” and could lead to legal ramifications.

Do I need a copyright to remix a song?

Yes and no. You are free to remix songs for your own pleasure all day every day, no contact with the record label or artist is required. However, if you want your remix to ever see the light of day – uploaded to YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify and/or played publicly – you must seek copyright permission.

Should I get official permission for my remix?

Another benefit, and perhaps the main one, of having official permission is that your remix will be sellable. This means you can upload it and share it on your own accounts and even charge for it without fear of it being taken down for copyright infringement.

Do you need permission to write a song?

Legally, you’d need to get permission from the songwriting, and master copyright owners. Notice that these copyrights are separate, so you’ll need to get permission from two independent owners. Who are the owners of them?

To remix a song legally, you'll need to buy a copy of the song, obtain permission from the copyright holder, and have that permission in writing or in a voice recording

How does remix licensing work?

Remix licensing usually works using a ‘work-for-hire’ based contract: this means the copyright of the remix master (and the original song within it) will both be owned by the original artist. When you release a remix, the royalty split will be between all the rights holders – so that’s the artist, music publisher and you.

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