Sound Clip Ownership

Discussion in 'Recording' started by vibe53, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. vibe53

    vibe53 Active Member

    Monroe, Michigan
    I didn't know in what category to ask this question so I put it here. I was wondering about how you "keep the rights" to things like nature/field recordings. Can you get a copyright to sound clips (not music) ?
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    I really don't think you can copyright any birds chirping, squirrels rustling, cows mooing, coyotes wailing, alligators chomping, chimpanzees screeching unless they all have an entertainment attorney. And since they have no cell phones, I think you'll just have to be happy with the recordings that you make? Now if you could train them to create a musical selection, you might want to copyright your musical creation. Just like the dogs and pussycats that we frequently hear singing jingle bells. The dog would be happy with a bone as a royalty and the Kitty cat would be happy with a clean cat box. And maybe an occasional treat like a mouse... from your computer to play with.

    Mx. Remy Ann David
  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    You can use Form SR to copyright sound recordings with no authorship.
    Does it apply to anything?

    Like most bureaucracies, there is no clear cut yes or no answer. You read one paragraph that would lead you believe "no", then a few paragraphs later - the 'maybe' exception to the "no". I'll leave the interpretation to you.

    Copyright Compendium

    I would draw your attention to Section 495.03(b) - ( the page is a mile long, search for bird and it will jump straight down to it )
  4. vibe53

    vibe53 Active Member

    Monroe, Michigan
    Thanks for the info on copyrights.

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