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SonicCube says
  • Is it OK to use a voice sample / snippet from a movie or television broadcast ?
  • This is probably the most “unclear” part of the copyright thing. If you take a voice sample of a Hollywood production you will probably end up in trouble. It is not allowed to use such phrases from movies etc., but if you cut only a few seconds and alter the sound ( pitch shifting, transform, FX etc. ) and it’s not neccessarely “Take the red pill and you’ll stay in wonderland” from the Matrix trilogy, you probably never face any problems as long as it wont be a billboard chartbreaker.

    I tried to find a clear and 100% safe answer for this question i the internet and in court cases.

    What could be used as a guideline is the following :

    • Movie dialogues or at least the person who speakes, are protected by copyright
    • If you use only a small part of it once ( not looped troughout the whole track ) it will probably be covered as a “fair use”.
    • Court will decide on the “fair use” principle as : A ) did you build your work on the original work / theme ? B ) Did the copyright owner loose some potentional income because of your work ?
    • BUT keep in mind :

      “Because of the defendant’s burden of proof, some copyright owners frequently make claims of infringement even in circumstances where the fair use defense would likely succeed in hopes that the user will refrain from the use rather than spending resources in his defense. This type of lawsuit is part of a much larger problem in First Amendment law; see Strategic lawsuit against public participation.”

      Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

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    SonicCube says
    HOWEVER , there may be some rare occasions that some echo applied to the watermark may be warranted. A pack of short sound effects for example may benefit from a watermark with echo applied so that the watermark is present, but not too distracting and obtrusive to the main sounds.

    Perfectly explained ! Just not sure if every reviewer is aware of that ;)

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    SonicCube says
    What would be helpful for us composers, is to be able to see some sort of report where Audio Jungle lacks content or only has a very little amount in? i.e. It would help us (and you) if we could see what genres need more tracks in, this way we can work on strengthening the AJ library as a whole!

    Hello Scott

    Like you said, as the library grows, it makes sense to limit the files that are allready there in different variations.

    @Catch22Music : Your idea is good, but probably if a genre lacks of content, it could also be, that there is not enough demand / requests for such audiofiles. Maybe it would help more to see which files / genres have been searched for ( without or with very little results ) by customers.

    Anyway, i guess if you create good stuff, it will be sold sooner or later :)

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    SonicCube says
    Hey Daniel, Motion projects were once accepted here. Unfortunately there wasn’t much of a demand for them though. We only had 6 or 7 files accepted compared to After Effects which has over 1,000 files now.

    Hello Mark

    I thought i saw some a while ago but wasn’t sure if i only dreamed it :) Well, i can finish them in AE for sure and submit it like that ( or as you mentioned as motion graphics ).

    Thank you and have a good day Daniel

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    SonicCube says

    Hello All

    I’m an AudioJungle author, so excuse me if i ask some very basic stuff for you video people.

    I would love to upload a few Apple Motion projects, but did not find any others on the marketplace so far. Is it not allowed or did just no one else upload one so far ?

    Would there be a market for these kind of project files ?

    Thanks and have a great day. Daniel

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    SonicCube says
    I think if you want to use a sample of spoken word from a film because you want the sound of that actor, that’s a different story, you cannot do that without permission.

    I will check the web and with my lawyer again how exactly it is regarding movie dialogue sampling. As far as i know, you can use pieces of dialogues as described in my last post. There are many styles in music where it’s kinda fashion to work with these samples ( Hip-Hop / Rap / EBM / Industrial etc. ) and i dont think that anybody like Georg Bush gave Eminem the permission to use some of his dialogues :)

    But we should only post facts which we can be assure, that they are correct. So if anybody has some more infos about it, please post it with the referal link to the articles.

    THX

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    SonicCube says
    If you like a spoken line in a film and would like to use it, the best solution is to perform and record the spoken line yourself ( and use effects and processing to get the required sound). You should not assume that no-one well ever know that you used a snippet of copyrighted material ( and if you are going to use effects to make it sound beyond recognition, what’s the point anyway?). This is an interesting subject, thanks for highlighting it!

    Hello Andy

    Sure you are rigth by saying that if you never use any copyrighted material, you wont get in trouble. But you have to keep in mind, that nowadays there are so many sample lybraries and synth presets that we all use from time to time ( most of us with DAW ’s ). So it’s just important to know when you could be in trouble without knowing.

    If you say its not necessary to use original dialogues from movies and you could just re-record that, i think thats even whorst as you A ) probably still infringe legal rigths by doing so and B ) loose the original idea why you wanted this original sample. Sure it could sound paradox saying if you alter it so extreme that nobody will recognise it you’re fine, but im just speaking about the legal situation.

    If you use only snippets of some other artists work, without clearing / permission of the copyright owner, then you have to be aware of the following ( US only ) :

    What is fair use? Fair use is the right to copy a portion of a copyrighted work ( movie dialogue etc. ) without permission

    Factors in determining fair use. Generally, when reviewing fair use questions, courts look for three things:
    1. You did not take a substantial amount of the original work.
    2. You transformed the material in some way.
    3. You did not cause significant financial harm to the copyright owner.

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    SonicCube says

    It was more of a warning to people who may accidentally come to the fast and wrong conclusion that a “Creative Commons” logo on a file means they can use it for anything.

    I’ve come across people before who thought the CC License was the same as “free to use for anything”, and it was merely a warning that you have to look for the specific license each author uses, and/or the public domain certification.

    I do apologize if this has all been useless and redundant though.

    Thanks again!

    Hello EternalResonance

    You’re reply was for sure not useless ! What you described is absolutely true and a CC license does not mean that you can do whatever you want with the audiofiles etc. Every contribution here which is of use for any of us is well worth posting it, i only wanted to make sure we just post bullet proof facts, that people are not even more confused after reading this thread then before regarding the whole copyright and end user licenses situation out there :)

    So i would like to encourage everyone who has informations and knowldege ( also country specific ones ) about that to post it here .

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    SonicCube says
    Great post :) Just to clarify that there are many different CC licenses. I’m sure most know this, but I have also seen some people just thinking of it as just “CC license”. Which to them meant free for all to use in anything. Which is clearly wrong.

    Hello EternalResonance, thanks for your contribution.

    Im not sure if we speak about the same “Creative Commons Copyright”. If im wrong, could you please post a link or description to those informations, so people are not confused :) As far as i understand from their certificate website its only one as described below :

    “The person or persons who have associated work with this document (the “Dedicator” or “Certifier”) hereby either (a) certifies that, to the best of his knowledge, the work of authorship identified is in the public domain of the country from which the work is published, or (b) hereby dedicates whatever copyright the dedicators holds in the work of authorship identified below (the “Work”) to the public domain. A certifier, moreover, dedicates any copyright interest he may have in the associated work, and for these purposes, is described as a “dedicator” below.

    A certifier has taken reasonable steps to verify the copyright status of this work. Certifier recognizes that his good faith efforts may not shield him from liability if in fact the work certified is not in the public domain.

    Dedicator makes this dedication for the benefit of the public at large and to the detriment of the Dedicator’s heirs and successors. Dedicator intends this dedication to be an overt act of relinquishment in perpetuity of all present and future rights under copyright law, whether vested or contingent, in the Work. Dedicator understands that such relinquishment of all rights includes the relinquishment of all rights to enforce (by lawsuit or otherwise) those copyrights in the Work.

    Dedicator recognizes that, once placed in the public domain, the Work may be freely reproduced, distributed, transmitted, used, modified, built upon, or otherwise exploited by anyone for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, and in any way, including by methods that have not yet been invented or conceived.”

    source : http://creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain/deed.en_GB

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    SonicCube says
    Great post !

    Thanks Mate :)

    Many products are also CC certified which is clearly dedicated for the free use of audiomaterial in any kind of art. Read the full details here ( in many different languages ) :

    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain/

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