Mechanical Rights - A mechanical right is the right to record and distribute (without visual images) a song on a phonorecord for private use. Mechanical rights or a mechanical license must be obtained in order to lawfully make and distribute CD’s, mp3’s, records, tapes, etc.
if you record a cover song and plan on releasing it, you legally need to get these rights. The Harry Fox Agency is usually a good place to start…
The Harry Fox Agency
205 East 42nd Street
New York, New York 10017