I have a question that I really hope you have an answer to.
I’ve looked everywhere, but haven’t found an answer to this question.
I make backing tracks for popular christian songs in the church community. These are not my original songs, but they are my original work… I play all of the instruments and record everything on my own.
They are strictly instrumental and I also don’t use any specific melody lines from the original work.
My question is: Is it legal for me to sell those tracks that I make? Or do I need some sort of license to do so?
It seems like you are doing basically the same thing I am doing, but on a much more larger and professional scale.
Do you need a mechanical license of some sort to sell your backing tracks?
Please help – I have spent weeks trying to find the answer to this question.
Thank you for your time. I appreciate it a lot.
Yes, you would need a license to sell your backing tracks because although you have played and recorded all the music yourself, you are using songs written by someone else.
There was a recent question at Yahoo answers that I answered which is very similar and may help: