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If I do a demo of a song and pay the musicians time then use

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If I do a demo of a song and pay the musicians for there time then use the music tracks for an independent artist, and the song get released, do I owe the musicians anything further?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 11 months ago.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
You would need to get a release from the musicians for their performance when you pay them because if not they can retain mechanical royalty rights over their performance on the song. So you need to make them sign a release stating they have no interest or rights in their performance as they have been compensated for the performance.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Can you point me to the 'form' I need to have them sign?
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 11 months ago.
Thank you for your reply.
It is a session musician release and you can use this one: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/so-much-gear-so-little-time/209589d1292696430-need-work-hire-contract-release-form-session-musicians.doc

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