#1
Basically my band has been playing a song that is heavily based on a demo kurt cobain recorded, the song was never released or anything it's just a really rough demo. I'm wondering if people think it would be ok to play the song as a part of our set as long as we make it clear that it's based off something cobain wrote? Bear in mind thats it's not a straight cover as we've changed the arrangement about a bit and added a couple of parts to it.
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Go for it. It's paying homage if anything. I'm listening to Nirvana right now.
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#6
Since it's been recorded, Cobain's estate owns the copyright.

So if you copy the melody and somebody catches on to it, it could lead to trouble.
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Well, it's not like Kurt can be pissed at you.

From an artistic standpoint it might be worth it to mention him, but meh. It's not like he's a god and you shall be struck down if you don't.
#8
Legally, though, you probably have to add 'based on a song by Kurt Cobain' or something like that, or else you could get sued. I'm not 100% sure on whether you have to, and how much altered makes it not a cover anymore, but I would put that on just to be safe.
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Since it's been recorded, Cobain's estate owns the copyright.

So if you copy the melody and somebody catches on to it, it could lead to trouble.


Cobain's estate?

So that would cancel out any mechanical license (or whatever) the venue has?

If it doesn't, go for it, just say it's based on a Cobain song.
#10
As far I understand, if you're playing at any sort of venue, the people who own it have paid for a license to let people play covers and whatnot. This would mean that any cover or "homage" should be fine.
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I think as long as you give the original composer of the song credit your ok. Bands cover songs all the time in live performances, shouldn't be a big deal.
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Basically my band has been playing a song that is heavily based on a demo kurt cobain recorded, the song was never released or anything it's just a really rough demo. I'm wondering if people think it would be ok to play the song as a part of our set as long as we make it clear that it's based off something cobain wrote? Bear in mind thats it's not a straight cover as we've changed the arrangement about a bit and added a couple of parts to it.

The issue here isn't that you're covering an unreleased Nirvana song, it's that you're covering a Nirvana song.

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The issue here isn't that you're covering an unreleased Nirvana song, it's that you're covering a Nirvana song.



lol I'm quite surprised no one said anything like that sooner
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Cobain's estate?

So that would cancel out any mechanical license (or whatever) the venue has?

If it doesn't, go for it, just say it's based on a Cobain song.


The venue will have an (I don't know about the US) MCPS and/or PRS license to allow them to play music and have bands play covers.

If these guys record this song and make money off it, then if whoever is in charge of Kurt's estate and all his copyrights finds out, the band would have to pay the copyright of the melody, not the copyright of the recording (the mechanicals).

Basically:

You've got the song... 2 copyrights, the band keeps the copyright for the recording, Love gets the copyright of the melody.

Of course, there's every possibility that nobody finds out and you make both.
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