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  • They have to get permission.
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  • They need permission from whoever owns the publishing rights to the song and the owner of the recorded material. Often the song is re-recorded by session musicians and singers because it's cheaper than paying the original artist's royalties.
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  • U.S. music production companies pursue copyright violators pretty vigorously. In the U.S., unless it's a local commercial with a small, local company (that might not gain national attention), you can pretty much guarantee that the right to use an old song is paid for by the company. Why: because if they DON'T pay for the right to use it and they are CAUGHT using the song without permission, they are subject to a law suit and a very stiff fine. *** However: many nations are very lax about pursuing copyright violators, ESPECIALLY those who violate copyrights held by companies in foreign countries. China, for example, is notorious for NOT pursuing copyright violations when the victim is a foreign corporation.
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  • They have paid for the use of the songs.
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