Cover songs on YouTube. Do you need a sync license or not?

I had a discussion not so long ago with someone who was convinced that a sync license was an absolute necessity for posting cover songs on YouTube. Though not mistaken, there is a legitimate workaround that offers a practical solution to the thousands of artists making cover videos. A Google search on the topic offers conflicting answers, so a bit of clarity on this subject can’t do any harm. Firstly, let’s start with the strictly speaking, by-the-book angle: yes, a synchronization license or permission from the songwriters is required to publish your cover song video. Acquiring a sync license from the publisher of the composition allows you to pair your cover audio recording with your video

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