Does an artist have any legal rights to prevent someone else releasing a cover of their original before it’s even out? The composer (or their publisher) of a song has to grant the first mechanical licence to sell the song. Once the song is released, anyone can do a cover of it and sell it without asking permission. The composers of the songs will get royalties, no matter who sings the song – but the performer only gets royalties if they’re the one singing on the recording.
Check out all the info about legal questions arisen from a cover of an original song.
The original article is in Italian. Sorry about that!