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Questions tagged [legal]

For questions regarding whether an action would be legal.

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How do I comply with the CALM act in the US with loudness levels?

I'm a bit new to this, and I started working at a small TV station recently. I've read a little bit but I'm still confused. Does the CALM act passed in 2010 apply to commercials I make? How do I ...
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Software to identify words or voices in a recording?

I have several legally obtained recordings ... too many. They're not labeled and I would like to see if I can "scan" these recordings for a particular voice so I know if that person is on that ...
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Is it legal to record my school band concert and give the attendees CDs?

Is it legal to record my school band concert and give the attendees CDs? The music is copyrighted by the various composers, etc, but I think that would be just for the sheet music, not the audio ...
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Permission and Legality for using others' sound design videos on my website

I need to build a portfolio of sound design examples for my forthcoming new website. From a legal/rights perspective: can I go on Vimeo and pick any video? (of course author will be credited etc..) ...
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Credit/compensation to use design in sequel

I am a sound designer for theater and have a question about credit/compensation for past work. I designed sound for a production at a regional theater, and this year a sequel is being mounted. I got ...
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Audio Music License for Online Radio Station

I have an Internet Radio Station and have licensed music playing on it. I've read on some websites that I can put only a part from a music which is not licensed for me on my radio station. Does ...
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What is the procedure to check the rights over a song?

Producers, Distributors, Artists. Who (and in what order) I must ask if I want to publicly reproduce a song (such as in a software, commercial, etc...)?
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“Work For Hire” legal issues with sound design (specifically involving library sfx)

Hey folks, I've read a number of great posts here regarding library sfx usage and legal issues (such as this one, but wanted to focus on an aspect that hasn't come up so far in my readings. I find on ...
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Are Barcodes Necessary for Soundscan Registration

When I go to register my number to Soundscan, it says, Add New UPC/EAN Code. Do I need to get UPC/EAN Barcode for my song to be able to register it on Soundscan?
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Awkward Sound Recording Contracts

I'm going to be working a gig for a month as a sound recorder with an employer I've worked with before. We have agreed on a fee for the days planned and what my responsibilities will be. This has all ...
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Software for creating digital sound fx (without any foley)

Hello everyone, In the past I asked a similar question (so apologizes if the question seems a bit familiar), but as I was not able to find a solution and also have some more details, I will be very ...
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Legality of Sound Bites

In some dance songs, there are sound bites used before the break (drop). Do sound bites fall under fair use, or does a producer need permission to use them legally?
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Permits to field record in China and Hong Kong?

I'd like to make a field recording trip to Hong Kong and mainland China in June. Anyone know if I need to worry about permits? Can I float a blimp around without worrying the authorities, or should ...
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Demo Reel Etiquette?

Hey guys, I was just wondering while I'm starting my demo reel for video games if I am allowed to cut up different trailers for my sound design demo purpose without running into legal problems?
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Contract examples for location recording…?

Hi Guys, Our company got into a sticky situation recently due to other companies squabbling over payments and the like and it made us think we needed to have a standard contract that we send out ...
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SOX compliance in an audio facility

Hi, does anyone have any experience working in an audio facility which is required to comply with SOX (the Sarbanes-Oxley Act)? For those who aren't familiar with SOX (that included me until very ...
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Apple TextToSpeech voice use: any legal issue?

Hi all For my current project (an italian feature film), I'm thinking of using the computer generated text to speech voice of Mac Os X for a short robotic phrase instead of the adr. The voice will be ...
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Can I publish a DJ mix of current chart music online?

I'm helping to plan an online blog about current music. The idea is to have DJs create sets of the music being reviewed. I have heard that there are some avenues where the artists can get their ...
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Field-recording in areas you absolutely need clearance for

I know it's been covered before about permissions and clearance for field recording -- and the general rule of thumb is to ask forgiveness not permission; be courteous and upfront if approached by ...
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No-Contract Legal Issue

Scenario: You were picked up by a remotely run (no studio, just run over the internet on no server - skype file transfer only) indie developer, one with a goal in mind by a certain date. You were ...
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Legal use of sound effects

I'm working on a feature film now that, if all goes well, will be widely distributed. Through friends and colleges I have acquired several sound effects libraries, some of which are very well known ...
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Remixes, Sampling and The Law

I have been working on a great remix of a popular track by a very popular pop artist. However, im worried about getting sued/etc for using the original vocals from the track. So, what is the law when ...
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Question of ownership

When working on a film, who owns the raw recordings that were made for that film? Since the answer to every question is "well that depends" then I will pre-emptively ask how common is it for the ...