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licencing/copyrighting your own sfx
Old 30th January 2009
Gear Nut
๐ŸŽง 10 years
licencing/copyrighting your own sfx

forgive me if this topic has been covered. i did some searches and can't find anything. if someone can point me to a previous thread, that'd be great.

for those of you out there that sell your own original sfx personally, how do you copyright them? is it similar to composers and their music? i'm reading thru the library of congress website right now and getting pretty overwhelmed.

in this case, i'm providing some originally recorded sfx to a director who's previous films i worked on. i'll be making a contract with at least him - but i wonder about the sfx getting out there otherwise.

thanks for any advice

Old 30th January 2009
Lives for gear
๐ŸŽง 10 years
Yes, you can copywrite a sound recording using form SR. Most people who do this do it for a group of sound effects, like a CD or DVD collection of FX.

Enforcing a copywrite on a per use basis is another matter entirely. There are no associations like BMI or Ascap to distribute royalties or a Harry Fox Agency to police usage for sound effects.

Almost all sound effect libraries are buyouts and royalty free. There are a few who make "musical" sound effects and market them as "ambient" beds and hits, which you must license on a per use basis, though unfortunately, I seriously doubt if this is very enforceable.

If you can sell your personal sound effects on a per use basis, go for it, but it's rarely done.
Old 30th January 2009 | Show parent
Gear Nut
๐ŸŽง 10 years
Thanks Rick,

this is very useful information.

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