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WebundKlang says

Hey,

I’ve got a question about exclusivity at AudioJungle. Maybe I made an error in reasoning but we will see…

Let’s assume I want to make a sound effect: I make a recording of the sound of a triangle and make some adjustments with eq, compressor, reverb… Later I upload the sound to my portfolio. It is quite clear to me that I can’t upload the same file to another microstock website if I am an exclusive author at AJ.

But what is the case if I record the sound of the same triangle again. For sure it will sound a little bit different but am I allowed now to upload that file to another microstock community?

I can imagine also another case: I take the same recording of the triangle but make two different files out of it. Once I keep the original file raw, another time I tweak it a bit with an e. Can I upload it now to another microstock community even if I am an exclusive author at AJ?

Thank you for your help!

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urbazon says

I can imagine also another case: I take the same recording of the triangle but make two different files out of it. Once I keep the original file raw, another time I tweak it a bit with an e. Can I upload it now to another microstock community even if I am an exclusive author at AJ?

Note: I’m not staff member, nor am I related in any way with Envato, so don’t take my words for granted. But I believe that if you record one single sound, just once, and then make many different sounds from that using effects and what not, then it/they become totally different sounds (of course, it depends on how/what you do to it with effects)... So I’d say those would be safe to upload elsewhere.

On the other hand, I am not sure about re-recording… I am also curious about that…

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adammonroe says

I believe the way copyright law works is that when it comes to things like sound effects, the recording can be copyrighted but not the sound itself. Therefore in your example, two separate recordings of the same sound source, although similar, wouldn’t nevertheless be infringing on each-others copyright. After-all, no one “owns sound,” just recordings and the intellectual properties associated with them. Unless of course you were recording copyrighted sound…

As far as taking a sound you have recorded and tweaking it – that is a whole different issue. In essence, you would be sampling yourself. Obviously, you have your own permission to do that, but whatever agreements you might have made with a third party (for example AudioJungle) might expressly prohibit you from reselling that sound…which is basically what you’d be doing, even if you tweak it. However, if you change the sound enough to where it was no longer recognizable (IE, your triangle is somehow now mixed together with lots of other sounds to form a large explosion) I don’t think anyone would be bugging you. Your source file (triangle) and what you have created (explosion) are no longer the same thing, and no longer perform the same function. Obviously, if you had a triangle, then added some Reverb, your two files would still be very similar and you probably wouldn’t want to try reselling it.

Of course, the triangle example isn’t that great. I think most sound effects are a bit more layered and complicated then a triangle, therefore the uniqueness of the sound effect would be a bit easier to judge. No one will likely be bothering about something as simple as a triangle.

But I am just talking out my butt.

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