Romantics squabbles

Apparently sometimes cover bands can be too good.

Mine does not suffer from this problem, but I found it interesting all the same. FWIW, the master license is far, far more expensive than a cover license; I get small-quantity mechanical licenses for the Palette-Swap Ninja stuff, even though a) we are likely safe as parody and b) we don’t make any money and likely wouldn’t be worth going after. Either way, we do it to avoid any…Imperial entanglements.

But this? Getting a master license so you can record a cover version is a nice dream if you’re the copyright owner but not feasible for anybody who would want to, you know, record a cover.

2 thoughts on “Romantics squabbles

  1. Seems like an absurd argument to me. I would assume the Romantics are getting money for okaying the use of the song, whether or not it’s too good a cover. The master rights are much more, yet Activision can get someone to do a near-perfect imitation, so why should Activision be punished. I’m sure Activision had the default “In the style of…” tag on there, so it wasn’t like it was being billed as the Romantics.

    Ah, legal action tries to trump innovation, and everyone wants to get a little more when ever possible.

  2. Seems like an absurd argument to me. I would assume the Romantics are getting money for okaying the use of the song, whether or not it’s too good a cover. The master rights are much more, yet Activision can get someone to do a near-perfect imitation, so why should Activision be punished. I’m sure Activision had the default “In the style of…” tag on there, so it wasn’t like it was being billed as the Romantics.

    Ah, legal action tries to trump innovation, and everyone wants to get a little more when ever possible.

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