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(Message started by: Ryan Rickenbach on Sep 25th, 2006, 4:55pm)

Title: Video Contest - Third Party Property
Post by Ryan Rickenbach on Sep 25th, 2006, 4:55pm
Hi

Smuckers is offering a $25,000 scholarship to whoever sends in the best video tape of themselves eating a smuckers uncrustable sandwich. In my video, I eat the sandwich and go into a dream sequence which includes the sound effect of birds chirping and the wind blowing, both of which were default sound effects in iMovie. It also includes a sound clip of me singing harmony with myself. It is actually me singing and it's just one sustained note. At the end of the dream sequence, I am awoken by a honking horn (a sound effect I recorded) and then screeching tires (an iMovie default sound clip).

In the official rules, it states the following:

"Entries must not contain any identifiable person other than entrant, and may not include any intellectual property of third parties, including copyrighted material (including but not limited to music) or trademarks."

The jeep symbol as well as the "Maryland" symbol on the front of the vehicle were covered by newspaper. (The video features a shot of the oncoming car)

My question is if those sound clips from iMovie are considered third party intellectual property. The software is owned by me, therefore I would assume that the sounds are either public domain or owned by whoever owns the software.

Also, is my own recorded music OK to put in the video? I want to be very careful because it is a very well done video and I don't want to be disqualified due to some petty copyright rule.

Thanks

Title: Re: Video Contest - Third Party Property
Post by JSonnabend on Sep 26th, 2006, 9:48am
Your use of the stock sound clips from iMovie is governed by the license agreement that goes with the software.  You'll have to look at what it says, but I would venture to guess that the clips are licensed to you royalty free.

As for your own singing, you own the copyrights in the sound recording, and whoever wrote the work is author of the underlying copyright.

- Jeff

Title: Re: Video Contest - Third Party Property
Post by Isaac on Sep 26th, 2006, 12:32pm

on 09/26/06 at 09:48:28, JSonnabend wrote:
As for your own singing, you own the copyrights in the sound recording, and whoever wrote the work is author of the underlying copyright.


The "song" consists of a single note.   Maybe there isn't a copyright issue with that part.

I think Jeff is correct about the licensing of the sound clips, but I wonder if having a legal right to use the clips is enough to satisfy the contest entry requirements.   It ought to be...



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