Re: Undignified – David Crowder Question…
a musical work is copyrighted
if its author is still living, or if the author
died less than 50 years ago. If more than one author
created the work, copyright extends until 50
years after the death of the last surviving author. In
the language of copyright, “author” means both
the composer of the music and the lyricist.
If more than 50 years have elapsed, the work is
said to be “in the public domain”.
That said, I do believe you’ll have an easier time of getting permission, because you are not needing a ‘mechanical license’ which means that you aren’t asking to use the actual ‘original’ recordings of Crowder or Redman. I tried to get mechanical licenses from 8 different Christian artists recently and I never even got a reply back from anyone. Not even one. Not even a ‘no way!’.