(This seems to belong somewhere between here and GQ; I took a chance and figured I’d start it here…)
In 1999, the band I was in covered Shawn Colvin’s “Sunny Came Home.” I have a recording of my band performing this cover. Do I have the legal right to post the MP3 online, as long as I give proper credit to Ms. Colvin (and don’t post the lyrics)?
I’m askin’ because I decided to set up a Myspace page for my music stuff, and I’d really like to use that cover as one of the available streaming songs because it’s something that people are familiar with (and so they can judge how I compare to the original singer). But there are warnings all over the place that I can only post songs I own the copyright to, so for now I’ve just posted originals. Does the fact that it’s a recording of my band give me any rights to distribute it? Are covers protected under copyright law somehow?
Don’t worry, I know better than to rely on the SDMB for serious legal advice: I’m just wondering what experiences other Doper musicians have had.