Cover songs

Snippets from an interesting piece in Wired UK on cover songs and copyright:

“Cover songs on YouTube [and elsewhere] are, almost universally, non-commercial in nature. They’re created by fans, mostly amateur musicians, with no negative impact on the market value of the original work. (If anything, it increases demand by acting as a free promotional vehicle for the track.)…

…Copyright law was intended to foster creativity by making it safe for creators to exclusively capitalise on their work for a limited period of time. Cover songs on YouTube don’t threaten that ability, and may actually prevent new works by chilling talent that could go on to do great things.”

The tangled issue of cover song copyright on YouTube.

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