Throughout the unit, we created a variety of artistic contents. All were aiming to match the professional industry standards and being a proof of our competence. Sound Engineering doesn’t only rely on Audio skills but also a wider palette that makes you stand out the others.
Every content you create is the result of hard work and you want it to be shared the right way. Copyrights help the creatives to protect their work on a legal basis. Even thought copyright isn’t the clearest and well-established subject, I’m going to show you what copyright applies to this unit’s creations.
First, we did a Sound A Like assignment, it consists of reproducing a record as identical as possible. Every sound was recreated in the studio and we tried to copy the exact performance that the original artist provided. It is pretty much stealing someone’s work to copy it so we would need the APPRA-AMCOS agreement on using The Ruben’s composition and also on reproducing their mechanical performance.
Different types of licences can apply to this case and you can all find them on their website :
We also did a remix, as I used some of my classmate track as an original, it is pretty much easier for me to pass over copyright and release my track online. But if we wanted this track to have any potential commercial future, we would still need to declare the original track copyrights. When you remix a song, you’ve created what copyright law calls a “derivative work”. Generally, one is supposed to have permission from the original copyright owner to create and/or distribute that derivative work. Without this permission, you’ve committed infringement. (BASICALLY)
Regarding our last assignment (Jingle projects) we release it under the fair use classification. I found a really well-explained article on how fair use applies in Australia and here’s a brief:
“4.5 Fair use is a defence to copyright infringement. It essentially asks of any particular use, ‘is this fair?’ This is determined on a case by case basis. The statute does not define what is fair.
4.6 In deciding whether a use is fair, a number of criteria—‘fairness factors’—are considered. These fairness factors are set out in the fair use statutory provision. Law that incorporates such principles or standards is generally more flexible and adaptive than prescriptive rules.”
I highly recommend reading this article to understand the fair use classification.
If we didn’t register it under the fair use classification, we would need to check for the video copyrights first and then to check each individual sound used. If any of the sound used is copyrighted, the whole film can be pursued. This is why all my sound are either of my composition, sound design or downloaded under the creative commons licenses.