You need permission from the copyright owners of the audio material,
whether it is the original recordist or a third party, RD. It comes
in the form of many different kinds of licenses depending on the
medium and use. But a license protects the user and the owner of the
Not all material is copyrighted. But it is good and ethical policy to
do everything one can to contact the owner of the recorded
material whether or not they have a genuine copyright and get their
permission to utilize their material in whatever format or type of
performance you anticipate. There are some exceptions under the "Fair
Use" law. But they apply mostly to news reports and public media.
On Sep 6, 2007, at 2:18 PM, ritualdik wrote:
> I did some poking around the naturerecordists website and the files
> area connected to the yahoo list here, and naturally found the great
> collections of recordings posted by group-members. The birdcalls
> especially: wow, exactly what I've been looking for!
> Now, I did read the little clause at the bottom of the website that
> said something to the effect of "non-members need to get permission
> from members before using these sounds". My question is: As a
> member, what permission do I have to use these sounds (in music,
> mainly)? And do I need to get permission from the original
> recordists, or have the recordings been "donated" to the group?
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