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Question about pitching multiple versions of a song

Post by roguenoisemachine » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:45 am

Hi folks,

I hope you all can help me out. If I pitch an edited (for time and content) and re-mixed instrumental version of a track and it gets signed (exclusively), can I still pitch the vocal version to other libraries/agents/publishers? Also, would you rename that instrumental edit something else so that it becomes an independent track, or would you call it Song (Instrumental Edit) or Song (Instrumental Cutdown)?

I had no idea what keywords to use to search the forum topics, so I hope you will forgive me if this has been answered before.

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Re: Question about pitching multiple versions of a song

Post by jaywilliams » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:24 pm

roguenoisemachine wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:45 am

I hope you all can help me out. If I pitch an edited (for time and content) and re-mixed instrumental version of a track and it gets signed (exclusively), can I still pitch the vocal version to other libraries/agents/publishers? Also, would you rename that instrumental edit something else so that it becomes an independent track, or would you call it Song (Instrumental Edit) or Song (Instrumental Cutdown)?
Hi Anelda -

In this scenario I would consider the vocal mix to be an alternate mix of the instrumental, and therefore off the table for Exclusive licensing.

I'm no expert on this would love for someone else to chime in!

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Re: Question about pitching multiple versions of a song

Post by superkons » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:14 am

I have submitted multiple versions of the same instrumental, and normally treat them as an individual entity, in terms of exclusivity. Also, in some cases, the original and all the different versions were forwarded, so that definitely makes them to be regarded as a single entity. Well, in my mind, at least!
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Re: Question about pitching multiple versions of a song

Post by CTWF » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:26 am

Without any specific experience, but with a common sense understanding of copyright law, I would agree with Jay that you cannot treat vocal and instrumental versions of the songs independently. Otherwise we would all be rich by ripping off "Yellow Submarine" or "Pokerface" as an instrumental version, because Macca or Lady Gaga (or their publishers) would not be able to sue us. But maybe I am overlooking something here?

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