Tampa, FL asked in Copyright for Florida

Q: Can I use a small portion of a song (cover band) as an opening to my web talk show with their permission?

There is an acapella group that has covered a religious song. They have paid for all copies made. I legally bought the cd. Can i use a portion of that as an intro to my web show? They will give me permission to use their version, but they don't know if it is legal, since it is a cover.

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Ray Beckerman
Ray Beckerman
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Forest Hills, NY

A: No you may not. You must get the rights from the owners of the musical composition.

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