Audio Recorded Sound Effects

Discussion in 'Game Design, Development And Publishing' started by ethian, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. ethian

    ethian Member

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    Grettings

    I'm recording sound effects for my game and now i have now sound effects recorded by me on my disk, but there's a problem...

    I'm afraid some of them are copyrighted/trademarked/a license is needed to use this, or...

    I know i can't record audio from the TV or the radio because the audio is copyrighted, but... for example : isn't the flush noises of the toilets of our houses, copyrighted?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Morendral

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    Sounds that you record yourself are not copyrighted.

    Also, you are my favorite unintentional troll.
     
  3. Toque

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    Organic sounds you personally recorded are going to be ok. Good way of doing it.

    Toilet sounds are not copyright protected.
     
  4. Micah_DS

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    No no no, hold up. I hold the copyright for toilet sounds.
    Just give me a sec.... dangnabbit, where'd I put my filthy dubstep track??

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    Joking aside, recording audio from a TV, YouTube, iTunes, a vinyl, etc. - yeah, you'd likely have copyright issues there because the source itself is a form of audio data which is likely copyrighted.

    But the toilet flush sound wouldn't exist in recorded form already, so how could it be copyrighted? On the contrary, if you flush a toilet and you record the sound, that specific sound data belongs to you.
    So look at the sounds themselves as copyrightable, not the potential to make a sound. This is why people aren't out there claiming stuff like, "NO! I already recorded a grass movement sound, so no one can record grass sounds for their games without paying me for the rights".
     
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  5. Niels

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    You wil be surprised how many sound effects you can pull off with just your voice and some audacity (open source audio edit software) trickery.
     
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  6. deem93

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    When it comes to sound effects, I've been using sounds from freesound.org. To my understanding, the ones with CC0 (Creative Commons 0) license can be used freely and without the need of crediting the author/source.
     
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  7. ethian

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    But the Toilet sound from my house sounds different from popular toilet flushing sounds heard on TV...
    'cause is the toilet from my own house... who else has it?

    Hmm... i think the toilet from my house isn't from the shops... or...

    Anyways, thanks for everything...
     
  8. Toque

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    Correct. Use your sounds. It’s ok.
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019
  9. Khao

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    If you create your own content it belongs to you. If you use someone else's content it does not.

    It's not that complicated.

    Just stop worrying and make your game.
     
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  10. Liam Jacobs

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    Recording yourself saying "BA DA DUH DUH DUH I'm lovin' it!" might get you into some level of trouble (unless you're in China). You could always record an alternative, like "DA BA DEE DA BA DIE I am enjoying the food."

    All jokes aside, as long as you're not recording something that is obviously copywritten (I.E. the McDonalds tune, the Happy Birthday song, your own voice (I am the Ursula of the IP world. I own the IPR to your voice)) then you'll be absolutely fine :).
     
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  11. Bearman_18

    Bearman_18 Member

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    Isn't ethian your absolute, favorite?

    Seriously, who wants to help me make "comma copyrighted" and "popular toilet flushing sounds heard on tv" into viral memes? Cause they ought to be.

    This thread almost made me as happy as nuts goner.
     

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