Permission to Arrange vs Mechanical License
Date: October 7, 2013
I've seen a few recent threads on Permission to Arrange (PTA) licenses. It seems like the consensus is that we have to ask the original artist for permission before arranging their music.
But I just read this article about Songfile (http://bandzoogle.com/blog/blogposts/how-to-record-and-release-cover-songs-an-interview-with-hfa-27155.cfm?goback=.gde_3204370_member_278445305) and they say cover artists just need to pay for the mechanical license. Please see the article for specifics.
Can someone explain the difference between the PTA license and the mechanical license, please?
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