Can I Register a Cover Song with Songtrust?

No - it comes down to the underlying composition.

When you record a cover song, you’re capturing work another creator wrote. Since Songtrust handles the underlying composition of a song (its musical content and lyrics), and covers are not considered original material, you cannot register them with us. 

That said, you can still collect royalties through a distributor as a cover song’s master owner and recording artist. For more information on the difference between distributor royalties and Songtrust, check out this post.

 

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