copyright / talent release question

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joshuacomley
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:21AM

Hi everyone. I need some copyright/legal advice. I've recently started doing some field recordings to sample and add to my compositions. These are ambient, everyday kind of sounds (footsteps in a tunnel, traffic noise), but a few of my favourites have human voices, eg., pre-recorded announcements in train stations, workplace fire-drill instructions "please remain calm and leave the building via the nearest exit...", etc. Does anyone know if using these may breach some kind of copyright or require a talent release or something?


I wouldn't even know which person or organisation to approach to ask permission. Is a tube-station announcement the property of London Underground? Who is the lady whose voice is on the fire evacuation broadcast? I don't want to do anything wrong but I'd love to use some of these samples (at least for listening-only pieces, if not for iStock). Any advice?


Regards,


Josh
piccadillyCircus
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:36AM
afaik, as long as there's recognizable voices, you shouldn't be able to use it here unless you obtain a talent release of all the people involved. This doesn't apply, of course, when you got background noises where single voices aren't recognizable.
Probably the easiest thing to do is reproduce the announcements by yourself, with your own voice. So you won't need anyone sign your release
softpiano
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:49AM
Or maybe You can modulate the anouncements, like pitch shift them a little bit, in that way making them unrecognisable I don't know whether You are able to do like that, but maybe??
thepugnatious
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:19PM
if th recording can be identified by the original creator then it can not be uploaded to iStock
softpiano
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:17PM

Posted By thepugnatious:
if th recording can be identified by the original creator then it can not be uploaded to iStock


Pug, but that's very subjective.. How should i know whether the creator would recognize or not my pitched announcement...?
joshuacomley
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Posted Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:54AM

Thanks for the advice everyone. Good idea, softpiano, re piitch-shifting/modulation/etc - it may work for some samples but I think for most of mine by the time I'd mangled the sample enough for it to be unrecognizable it would probably have lost most of what I liked about it in the first place. But who knows... it may turn into something unexpectedly cool


Thank you, thepugnatious, for the clarification. I doubt I'll be able to even find out whose voices I have recorded, let alone get their permission, so I think I may be left with piccadillyCircus' very sensible suggestion of recreating the announcements myself. I will have to befriend some people with nice-sounding voices (and who don't mind signing a talent release)...


Cheers,


Josh
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