Just wondering if anyone can help me out with this two part query. First though a little background. I'm writing a screenplay for a short film which essentially was inspired by a song and it would really help the film if this song could be played out at the end of the film. This is how I have it in my head and I would love if this was possible for a micro-budget short.
So my first question is, what exactly is the situation with using a studio recording from a signed artist for a short film? How would one go about using a song in a film while ensuring that they won't be hunted down by an elite team of uber-violent copyright lawyers from Universal and the like?
Second question is, if there are huge costs to this, I would considering doing a cover of the same song with a new singer and arrangement. Are the costs less when you go about it this way?
Any help is really appreciated and I'm really glad this forum is here for people like me.