How do I license a cover?

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You can distribute covers through RouteNote to Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, Tidal, iHeartRadio, Nuuday, Anghami, KKBOX and JioSaavn without needing a mechanical license.

If you want to distribute your content to more stores than this, you will need to either purchase a mechanical license for the cover track(s), or to exclude certain territories from your release.

You can purchase licenses from these sites:

If you don’t obtain the licenses, you can instead exclude the following territories from your release:

USA, Canada, Mexico, India and Pakistan

You can do this within the ‘Manage Stores’ section of your release. Check out our Support Hub guide on this for help on this:

When releasing a cover version, you’ll need to ensure that you list the composition owner(s) or publisher(s) in the ‘C Line’ of your release metadata – if you need to credit multiple entities, please ensure that these are separated by a comma (for example: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison).

Check out the full RouteNote Style Guide here!

More on cover releases:
How do I credit the original artist if my release is a cover?
What is a cover song?
Can I cover a song and use audio from the original track?
How do I format stores and territories for a cover release without a mechanical license?
Can I upload cover songs with RouteNote?
Which stores and territories can I send a cover track to?
What should I put in the C line if my release is a cover?
What should I put in the P line if my release is a cover?
Can I choose ‘soundtrack’ as my genre if the release is a cover?

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