Q: Why can’t I rip this audio (even if I won’t do anything obviously bad with it like repost it youtube, pretending it’s my own work)?
There’s a few big reasons, depending slightly on the particular video in question. These include:
- The audio is from a commercial game that I’ve worked on and the contract I’ve signed with the game’s developer and/or publisher allows me to post this audio to youtube but not to share it other ways. In this case the audio actually belongs to the developer and/or publisher. If you rip the audio you’re stealing their IP and they’ve got proper lawyers and stuff, so… yeah, don’t do that.
- The audio uses 3rd party sound that I’ve bought. While the majority of the components in the ambiences are from original recordings I have made, there are occasionally layers made from sounds that I have purchased from other recordists or libraries. The license terms on these sounds means that whilst I can share them in part of these ambiences, I can’t redistribute or sell them. If you then take these sounds you are breaching the license.
- I may use the sounds in commercial work in future. Whilst I would most likely use individual layers or elements rather than the entire ambience, the fact is if I use this in a commercial project then there’s a strong chance it’ll then fall under a similar contract as in point (1).
- Provided I have the rights to do so, I may choose to sell the sound in future either on its own or in a pack. I may even give it away for free at some point so I don’t really want people taking it before that.
Q: What about Fair Use?
There aren’t really too many instances of fair use for this type of work that I can think of. It’s unlikely it’s going to be educational, like say a song breakdown video.
If you’re thinking of using any of my sounds in a video PLEASE contact me first. The answer will probably be ‘no’ because I don’t want to get you (or me) in trouble. Please don’t take stuff and claim ‘fair use’ because that will NOT cover you from the license terms mentioned above and it’s a boring waste of time for you to have your videos taken down.
Q: I really like an ambience, are you sure there isn’t any way I can buy it from you?
Drop me an email and I can tell you whether I have the rights to share that particular audio or not.
Q: Why do you hate people using your audio?
I don’t hate people using my audio, honest! I’m sharing these sounds on youtube specifically so that people to use it for their tabletop gaming, study, relaxation etc. I just have to careful about the copyright surrounding the work because I don’t want to get either of us in trouble. In some cases I’ve renegotiated contracts just so that I can share these sounds through youtube with you.
If you like my sounds or use them in your sessions or just listen to them when you work, whatever, please leave a comment – I’d love to hear from you.
Q: What are the ‘binaural’ versions?
Long story short, but if you’re listening on headphones try the binaural version of a video. You might like it better, you might not (you’ll hear a different stereo field that you might find more pleasing – it should sound a bit more ‘natural’).
If you’re still wanting to know what ‘binaural’ audio is at a technical level there’s a pretty solid entry on wikipedia.