Do I own the copyright to my project?

You're a smart one thinking about complicated and IMPORTANT stuff like this! Here's some advice for ya:

COPYRIGHT CHECKLIST

Copyright is complicated. If you have any doubt regarding the extent of your rights in any sounds, you should consult with a suitably qualified lawyer before uploading anything to Soundtrap or making any claims or counter-claims regarding your rights. However, as a general guide, here are some of the issues you might want to consider before uploading anything to Soundtrap:

FOR MUSIC UPLOADS:

Can you answer yes to all of the following questions?

  • Did you compose the music yourself?
  • Did you write the lyrics yourself?
  • Did you record and produce the track yourself or do you have permission from the producer or record label that made the recording?
  • Do you have written permission from all copyright owners to use any samples contained in the track?

Can you answer no to all of the following questions?

  • Were you signed to a record label when you recorded the track?
  • Do you have a publishing deal?
  • Are you a member of a performing rights organization or collecting society?
  • Have you licensed your track to anyone else?
  • Does the track contain the entirety or any part of someone else's song(s) Is it based on someone else's song(s)?

FOR OTHER SOUNDS, INCLUDING FIELD RECORDINGS, PODCASTS, AUDIOBOOKS OR VOICE MESSAGES:

Can you answer yes to all of the following questions?

  • Is the recording spontaneous, as opposed to being recited from a script, play or book (other than one written by you)?
  • Is it a recording of your performance?
  • Did you make the recording yourself?
  • Do you have the permission of anyone else appearing in the recording to upload and share the recording on Soundtrap?

Can you answer no to all of the following questions?

  • Is the recording rehearsed or recited from a script, play or book (other than one written by you)?
  • Does the recording contain any music or excerpts from other copyright works (e.g. movie dialogue)?

FURTHER RESOURCES

For information about copyright in your country, try your local copyright office:

http://www.wipo.int/directory/en/urls.jsp

For information on copyright laws around the world, try the World Intellectual Property Office database:

http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/

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