Years ago I wrote a five-article “Sound Effects Copyright Survival Guide” on my other website, Airborne Sound. They have remained the most popular pages on Airborne Sound.
I still receive many questions about sound effects copyright. These days, I write more about Airborne’s sound fx libraries and website changes on that site. However, many of you here at the Sound Effects Search blog are interested in sound libraries, or share them yourself. As both creators and sound pros, knowing how sound clip copyright works is essential to trouble-free projects and operating successful Web shops.
So, today I’ll begin a short series about sound FX copyright. This first article will be a round up of sound library copyright articles I’ve written elsewhere. Next week will feature copyright questions I’ve received from readers.
I’ll return to writing about indie sound fx bundles in the future.
Sound FX Library Copyright Overview
The Airborne Sound copyright series included five articles I called the “Sound Effects Copyright Survival Guide”:
- Part 1: The Basics. An introduction to copyright including its history, how copyright is used, grey areas, and royalties.
- Part 2: How You Can Use Sound Effects. How copyright and licensing works in the sound fx library world.
- Part 3: Copyright and Your Sound Libraries. How to use copyright with your own sound libraries, including what terms you should include.
- Part 4: Two Library Copyright Hazards. This article describes two hazards for sound library creators: using performances and derivative works in your collections.
- Part 5: Sharing Sound. How copyright works when you decide to share sound on your own site, or with a distributor.
In the next article I’ll answer specific sound fx copyright questions. They address issues for people using sound fx, and also sound library creators, too.
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