I discovered this site through a web search, and I think it is an absolutely fantastic resource!
I read through the thread on licensing, and I am sill a bit confused. I do lighting and sound design for community theater out here in Montreal. I work with 2 different groups. Both groups do make a "profit" (minimal, but it exists) for their shows.
One group donates 1/2 of all their profits to a local charity, and the rest is rolled into the start-up fund for the next years' production. The other group keeps all profits with the same end, to establish a start-up fund for the following year.
I am putting together my sound design for the second group at this moment. What is the correct procedure for acknowledging whatever I end up using (probably 3 tracks). Many thanks
Hmm, tricky situation. I think you'd be best off contacting the owner of the sounds individually and asking for the permission for the use of their sound. Many people will be fine about this and if you explain clearly where and when their sounds will be played they are more than happy to let them be used without acknowledgment
Doesn't seem so tricky to me. You can use the samples without prior approval from the sample authors by simply crediting them properly. Just have them put "Uses 'awesome sample 1' by hobojobozzz." or whatever in the program somewhere.
Dunno if you've seen this FAQ yet but have a look:
The only tricky bit is if the people putting together the program don't like the idea of attributing your samples. In that case you'd have to get permission from the sample authors to go uncredited.
I'm new to Freesound, but not new to Creative Commons, and you're fine.
It sounds like you're concerned about the profit the two groups are making, and whether that makes them non-commercial. You don't need to worry about this, as any use (for profit or not) is permitted as long as the sample is used in a creatively transformative fashion. (and attribute the usage in the program, of course.)
So what if you use a simple sound, like a police siren to represent a squad car pulling up of-stage? It's still considered transformative as long as the individual sounds do not make up a substantial portion of the performance.
The exact wording in the license is as follows: (bold for emphasis)
Your Derivative Work(s) must only make a partial use of the original Work, or if You choose to use the original Work as a whole, You must either use the Work as an insubstantial portion of Your Derivative Work(s) or transform it into something substantially different from the original Work.
In other words, unless the play revolves around the police siren, you're fine.
Hope that helps,
Well put Dan, thanks for the clarification.
Note: I moved this topic to the legal forum.
I just want to be sure - can I download obnoxious snoring snoring sounds to piss off my upstairs neighbors (you all would too)? If I save the recordings on a CD - how do I make the recordings a continuous loop? Am I even saying that right and is that the way to do it? I have a PC and Windows and am very computer tech illiterate.