Experts Rights Clearance/Licensing – Music, Film & TV clips, Celebrities, Photos, Art, Books


To use a commercial recording, permissions are needed from


  • The music publisher
  • The record company
  • The musicians, background singers, and possibly principal performers

To make your own recording of the music and lyrics of popular songs , exactly as written, you need:

    • Permission from the music publisher
    • Releases from the performers you hire


  • To change lyrics, the permission of the music publisher is required
TIP: Doing your own recording can often save money.
TIP: Recordings by no-name performers of popular songs are often available at a very reasonable fee and are an excellent way to cut costs.
TIP: The smaller the lyric change, the more easily and quickly permission can be obtained. Some songs never allow lyric changes.
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