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Below some of the song titles and complete albums evershift has bought into since the start in 2011. The list will be updated on a regular basis and you can read more about the thoughts behind investing in music rights.

If you are interested in using any of these songs in a movie, commercial, tv-show, etc. please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Welcome to my world – Clif Payne   (2016)

Welcome to my world - Clif Payne

  • Peace is more (Than the absence of war)
  • Welcome to my world
  • I’m already yours
  • No Payne, no gain
  • Harlem
  • The beauty of it all
  • All the things that I love
  • Gotta go through it
  • Traces
  • There

Produced by Preston Glass, funded by evershift.
Also available at Amazon or CD Baby


True to Myself – Eric Benét   (1996)

True to Myself - Eric Benét

  • True To Myself
  • I’ll Be There
  • If You Want Me to Stay (a Sly Stone cover)
  • Let’s Stay Together
  • Just Friends
  • Femininity
  • While You Where Here
  • Spiritual Thang
  • Chains
  • All in the Game
  • More Than Just a Girlfriend
  • What If We Was Cool
  • Let’s Stay Together (Remix)


A Day in the Life – Eric Benét   (1999)

A Day In the Life - Eric Benét

  • That’s Just My Way
  • Spend My Life with You (featuring Tamia)
  • Something Real
  • Loving Your Best Friend
  • When You Think of Me (featuring Roy Ayers)
  • Lamentation
  • Dust in the Wind
  • Why You Follow Me
  • Come as You Are
  • Love the Hurt Way
  • Ghetto Girl (featuring Me’Shell Ndegeocello)
  • Love of My Own



Ballads & Love Songs – Club Nouveau   (2004)

Ballads and Love Songs - Club Nouveau

  • One More Chance
  • Heavy On My Mind
  • Why You Treat Me So Bad
  • Love Don’t Hurt Me Now
  • Take My Time
  • When Will You Come Back to Me
  • I Like Your Way
  • Why
  • Through These Eyes
  • Still In Love
  • For the Love of You
  • Everything Is Black


Everything is Black – Club Nouveau   (1995)

Everything Is Black - Club Nouveau

  • Everything Is Black
  • Let It Go
  • Take My Time
  • I’m So Sorry
  • Autumn Breeze
  • Ghetto Swang
  • The S**t Is Heavy
  • Everything Is Cool
  • Mornin’ Time
  • It’s Never Too Late




Greatest Hits – Club Nouveau   (2000)

Club Nouveau: Greatest Hits - Club Nouveau

  • Lean On Me
  • Situation #9
  • Why Do You Treat Me So Bad
  • Jealousy
  • Oh Happy Day
  • Let It Go
  • Ghetto Swang
  • I’m So Sorry
  • Through These Eyes
  • The Pain
  • Love Don’t Hurt Me Now



Club Nouveau’s Greatest Hits – Club Nouveau   (2001)

Club Nouveau's Greatest Hits - Club Nouveau

  • Rumors
  • Jealousy
  • Situation #9
  • Lean On Me
  • Why You Treat Me So Bad
  • Heavy On My Mind
  • Let Me Go
  • Envious
  • Francis
  • No Friend of Mine
  • I’ll Be There
  • Mornin’ Time



Share Your Love – Club Nouveau   (2003)

Share Your Love - The Ballad Collection - Club Nouveau

  • Let Me Go
  • Share Your Love
  • Time
  • Money Can’t Buy You Love
  • When Will You Come Back to Me
  • Through These Eyes
  • The Pain
  • Walk With Me
  • I’m So Sorry
  • Autumn Breeze
  • Mornin’ Time
  • What Kind of Love



Individual songs

Don’t make me wait for love

Don't Make Me Wait for Love - Ultimate Kenny G


Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - Ecstasy's Dance: The Best of Narada Michael Walden


Jimmy Lee

Jimmy Lee - Greatest Hits 1980-94


Kisses in the moonlight

Kisses In the Moonlight - The Best of George Benson


Lean on me

Lean On Me - Club Nouveau's Greatest Hits


Love is a contact sport

Love Is a Contact Sport - Whitney


Miss you like crazy

Miss You Like Crazy - Natalie Cole: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1


Perfect combination

Perfect Combination - The Very Best of Stacy Lattisaw


Shiver

Shiver - While the City Sleeps...


Spend my life with you

A Day In the Life - Eric Benét


Sweetness

Sweetness (Radio Mix) - Looking Up


We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off

We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off - Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)





Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Who's Zoomin' Who? - Who's Zoomin' Who?


Acquiring Music Rights

When acquiring music rights, it is very important that you understand the rules and regulations related to the music rights you are obtaining.

In general authors and songwriters own the exclusive rights to their own compositions. This is called copyright and compositions are protected for years even if the copyright is never registered with the appropriate authorities. A composition is considered an item of “intellectual property,” which may be sold, transferred, or inherited – however, copyright protection still remains.

Legally, copyright means that a musician, author, songwriter, or artist has a “limited duration monopoly” on anything he or she creates. The U.S. Constitution grants the government power “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries” (Article 1, Section 8, US Constitution).

To legally enforce an author’s claim to copyright, the work must be registered with the local copyright office. Registering a composition provides public notification of copyright and nobody can use the composition publicly unless they pay royalties. If a song under copyright is used without the owner’s permission, the offender is subject to legal repercussions.

If music or lyrics is under copyright protection, you legally cannot:

  • reproduce the music or lyrics in any form
  • distribute the music or lyrics commercially or for free
  • perform the music or lyrics in public
  • play a recording of the music or lyrics in public
  • make a derivative work or arrangement for public use in any form

United States Copyright Law

US copyright law is found in Title 17 of the United States Code and is administered by the US Copyright Office. The “Terms for Copyright Protection,” published by the US Government, summarizes the duration of copyright protection for published works as follows:

  • Works created after 1/1/1978
    life of the longest surviving author plus 70 years
  • Works registered before 1/1/1978
    95 years from the date copyright was secured
  • Works registered before 1/1/1923
    Copyright protection for 75 years has expired and these works are in the public domain


The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act was signed into law on October 27, 1998. Prior to the Sonny Bono 20-year copyright term extension, copyright protection for works registered before 1/1/1978 was 75 years; therefore, compositions registered in 1922 or earlier entered the public domain on 1/1/1998.

The 1998 copyright extension did not extend copyright protection from 75 to 95 years for songs already in the public domain so works published in the United States in 1922 or earlier are in the public domain even if they are not yet 95 years old.

The above information about public domain and copyright protection is described in detail in “Extension of Copyright Terms“, Circular 15t, of the U.S. Copyright Office.

International Copyright Law

The Berne Convention is an international treaty standardizing copyright protection since 1886. In 1994, a “General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade” (GATT) was signed by 117 countries, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) was created in Geneva, Switzerland, to enforce compliance with the agreement.

GATT includes a section covering copyright called the “Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property” (TRIPS). US law was amended to be essentially consistent with GATT by the “Uruguay Round Agreements Act” (URAA) in 1994 and the “Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act” in 1998.

Despite GATT, copyright protection varies greatly from country to country, and extreme caution must be exercised on all international usage of any intellectual property.

Public Domain

Copyright eventually expires based on the above rules and the owners lose their exclusive rights after that point in time. Some composers renounce their copyright and give their music or lyrics to the public during their lifetime or at their death. Compositions not protected under copyright law are by definition in the public domain.

Music Copyright Law in Summary

Works published in the United States with a copyright date of 1922 or earlier are in the public domain in the United States.

Copyright protection outside the United Stated is determined by the laws of the individual country. Copyright protection may be 95 years from publication date, 50 to 70 years after the death of the last surviving author or other criteria depending on where the work was first published and where it is to be used.