Is a cappella arranging legal?

Yes. Simply arranging your own a cappella arrangement of a popular song is legal. After all, that’s essentially what you’re doing when you sing your favorite song in the shower. The catch is that since an arrangement is “Derivative Work” (work based on previously copyrighted material), you do not own the full copyright to this arrangement, and so you’re limited in the amount that you can actually do with this arrangement. For instance, you cannot publicly perform it or release a recording of it without first obtaining some additional rights. This is true even if you’re not making money from it. (A common misconception.)

Leave a Reply