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Suzanne Lainson

Of course, nothing about covering other people's songs is spelled out there. YouTube says you need to own all the necessary rights, but there are YouTube partners that perform songs they didn't write and they likely haven't obtained synch rights.

Richard Patterson

The only question I have is where do I go to get my songs published? I am a songwriter lookin' to get my songs published. Can anybody tell me that?


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Jon Baltz

I operate a YouTube Music Network and YouTube is absolutely correct in that you cannot monetize cover songs. You have never been able to.

When partners do covers, they are not making money on them, the ads running against cover songs are placed there by the rights holder of the artist being covered and in a perfect world, that entity is paying the artist.

Suzanne Lainson

What has been confusing is whether you are eligible to be a partner if you include cover songs among your uploads.

You are saying you don't get ad money from cover songs, which I think is fairly clear. But what hasn't been clear, at least in the past, is whether you qualified for partner status at all if you did cover songs.

However, since partners have been doing this all along, YouTube doesn't appear to have enforced any "no cover songs to be a partner" rule.

What they should say is whatever cover songs you do don't contribute to your ad money, but you can still become a partner if you do cover songs.

Suzanne Lainson

Okay. This is what I am talking about.

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.: Qualifications

To become a YouTube Partner, you must meet these minimum requirements:

* You create original videos suitable for online streaming.
* You own or have express permission to use and monetize all audio and video content that you upload—no exceptions.

Suzanne Lainson

Here's an interesting article. It goes into detail about how to make money from a cover song and it even talks about advertising from a YouTube cover song, but it isn't clear to me that the band doing the cover is going to get any of that money. You can read my questions in the comments section.

How to turn a YouTube hit into Dollars and Fans | Topspin Media

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