CD Baby now offers cover song licensing to its 350,000 artists

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Cover song licensing: how to legally sell a cover song

License your cover songs the easy way

CD Baby now offers a simple solution that enables musicians to properly license the cover songs they want to distribute.

We’ve partnered with Loudr, a San Francisco-based music rights company, to provide cover song licensing solutions to our community of more than 350,000 artists from around the world.

Loudr’s new licensing platform easily enables users to purchase a mechanical license, the license needed to legally release a cover song across a broad spectrum of media, from physical releases to digital downloads to ringtones to interactive streams, for a flat service fee of $15 plus the cost of mechanical royalties.

“We’re thrilled to offer Loudr’s growing rights service and love their approach to streamlining licensing for our members. They’ve taken on a challenging part of the music rights process and made it exceedingly simple,” said Rob Filomena, CD Baby’s Director of Music Publishing.

“We’re excited to partner with CD Baby, a digital music distribution pioneer that shares our vision to empower the artist community, as well as promote practices that ensure songwriters and publishers are compensated for music use,” said Chris Crawford, Loudr’s CEO.

Loudr Licensing reduces the complexity of licensing. Instead of securing clearances from multiple rights holders and managing continuing royalty payments to one or more music publishers, artists and labels looking to distribute cover songs can go to one place and take care of all their mechanical licensing needs.

To legally license your cover songs for distribution, click HERE.

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  • lol, I actually called and asked about Loudr the other day… the guy on the phone was either playing coy or I got the ball rolling! 😉

    • Kidding aside, one thing that would be great is an integrated pay structure so there is only payout/paypoint from the artist when releasing new (cover) material. Is there any talk of integrating the checkout, so we can handle it all from within CD Baby?

  • Peter Hollens

    This is terrific!!

  • We’ve certainly talked about it, but no internal solution is in place at this point.


  • OffbeatBryce

    why would CD Baby partner with these guys when you can distribute your music for free?

  • We have pretty different distribution models. They keep 15% (after deducting transaction fees for sales on their site) where we only keep 9% (and no transaction fees). Also, their distribution is limited to digital whereas our Standard distribution package includes physical distribution and order fulfillment, sync licensing, YouTube monetization, etc.


  • OffbeatBryce

    I would rather use Harry fox. They know what they are doing. This company doesn’t even send you confirmation you ever have a license. How do I really know they paid for it for me?

    • WildWoman

      Loudr provides you with a license confirmation on their site. If you visit “Your Licenses” and click a completed license you’ll see a button that reads “View License Confirmation” 🙂

      • OffbeatBryce

        yes I know that. But how do I really know said person actually cleared the song for me? Harry Fox had a problem once with me where they messed up and the original publisher got involved. If I don’t really know they got me the license I can’t trust them.

  • OffbeatBryce

    I also was reading that iTunes blocked all sound alike song covers. Well I just went on iTunes and found lots of bands and their cover still sound just like the real and it’s obviously not blocked.