Some time ago, I was given a few short audio clips to work with for a personal projects.

Now I found that one of those clips would work well with a commercial project I'm currently working on. The problem is I that I do not know if I am licensed to use it.

So, since I have reason to believe that the file name has been changed since it was originally downloaded, does anyone know if there's any way to find out where it's from based on information such as length, quality and perhaps even waveform?

Would appreciate your help greatly, thanks!

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You can use SoundHound or one of the similar services to see if your clips are known to their database. They look for similarities in waveforms etc.

Can you ask the person who gave the clips to you?

Failing that, unfortunately you run the risk of the owner asking for a share of any money earned, and generally cases rule in favour of the owner if you haven't asked for permission.

  • I doubt SoundHound would recognize this kind of music. But it could be worth a shot.
    – burnso
    Dec 20, 2012 at 20:13
  • I have asked the person that gave me the clip - they did not remember where they got it from. Yeah, I'm not going to use it unless I know for sure that I have the rights to.
    – burnso
    Dec 20, 2012 at 20:21

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