Good question! In order to distribute a free recording you still need additional rights, even if you're not making any money. This is because the availability of the recording has the potential to impact the earnings of the rights-holder, since someone can listen to your free recording instead of buying one on a music platform or purchasing a concert ticket.
This brings up another good lesson, you always need to be careful what you put on the internet. While your intentions for sharing a recording with your friends and family are in the right place, a future employer may see it and think you are untrustworthy.
So, my two pieces of advice to you are:1) If you are going to distribute someone else's music, make sure you have the appropriate rightsand2) Always think very carefully before posting something to the internet. Once it's there, it can be there forever because even if you try your best to delete it, someone else can save it first.
See you, Jake!
Alright, thanks Mr. Wilson. See you tomorrow!
ReferencesCASA-TODD, J. (2018). Reflections on Digital Citizenship. Teacher Librarian, 45(3), 15–18.Foreman, M. (2018, March 22). How Music Copyright Works: Sampling, Covers, Mixtapes amp; Fair Use. Pro Audio Files. Retrieved January 17, 2023, from https://theproaudiofiles.com/music-copyright/McKee, B. (1993). If you want the tunes, you must pay the piper. Nation’s Business, 81(6), 12.Mechanical rights. The IT Law Wiki. (n.d.). Retrieved January 17, 2023, from https://itlaw.fandom.com/wiki/Mechanical_rights#cite_note-1Souncharts Team. (2020, March 3). Market intelligence for the music industry. Soundcharts. Retrieved January 17, 2023, from https://soundcharts.com/blog/mechanical-royaltiesWilliamson, E. (2021, March 16). Is My Parody Fair Use? Copyright Alliance. Retrieved January 17, 2023, from https://copyrightalliance.org/is-my-parody-fair-use/