MacIdol bans cover songs

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ChrisH3677, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. ChrisH3677 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2003
    Victoria, Australia
    MacIdol have announced that due to the law requiring collection of royalties for the streaming of covers songs, that they will no longer allow the posting of cover songs on their site.

    Read all about it here....

    In reality, it's exactly the same as the Aussie law that says a covers band doesn't have to pay royalties, it's the venues who have to pay (via a licence fee).

    So I don't have to pay royalties for my U2 cover, just any venue I play it at (including websites) does.

    So I guess MacIdol owe U2 $3000 (aussie dollars)!!!

    It will be interesting to know if other GB hosting sites outside the UK face the same issue.
  2. powermac99 macrumors member


    Jul 28, 2003
    Well, iCompositions is located in the US and we haven't heard about anything like this. We're going to continue hosting covers (although we won't include them on our iCompositions Creations Disk) until we get sued again.
  3. rt_brained macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2002
  4. crenz macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2003
    Shanghai, China
    It's not an UK issue, it is an international copyright issue. To record someone elses song and distribute it, you need a mechanical license. Even if you distribute it for free.
  5. ChrisH3677 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2003
    Victoria, Australia
    This is quite true for the artist, but MacIdol as a "communicator" have to pay a performing rights fee for streams and a publishing rights fee for downloads.

    This quote is from the Australian site on music copyright
    So this performing rights fee is the same as the one venues and radio stations pay to play music.

    This also means, if I host my covers on my own site, then payment of the performing rights is my responsibility.

    PowerMac can continue to turn a blind eye to it, but if his site generates enough traffic, i reckon he'll get a knock on the door re the covers.

    I'd take that a little further.. I'd rather hear a good original than a good cover.. but i'd rather hear a good cover than a bad original.

    Covers have their place but just as long as we don't get flooded with them (which happens in the Top 40 from time to time)
  6. Harald4 macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2004
    There's a law in a state of the US, it is forbidden to wake up a sleeping fireman...

    What is your position if you are the original composer feeding your children with these royalties...

    How should this question be handled in the future?

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