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Say I legally own a song. I take a piece of that song (let's say about 10 seconds or less) and edit it into other sounds to make one overall sound effect that I can distribute, for free, to anyone who wanted to use my edited sound with credit given to any and all authors of sound clips used to make my sound.

Could this be defined as a copyright infringement considering that I am redistributing it (for free) even though it is just a small clip of the song used combined with my own edits?
 

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Really what you are doing is sampling. And because you are only using a few seconds, you MIGHT COULD justify what is called "fair use defense" in your defense. What this means is that as long you are not "impairing present or potential value of the original work", your sampling is considered "reasonable unauthorized copying". It is unauthorized because you do not have direct permission from the original artist. However, these rules on copyright issues are very unclear and have many different branches. And believe it or not, 10 seconds is considered a lot of time. Plus this defense usually applies to you if you re-wrote that certain section of the tune/created a derivitive of the tune.
What I would be concerned with if I were you is how the people that you distribute this "edited sound" to use it. If they are using it and selling it, you could be in some serious trouble.
You would certainly need to make sure that you properly give the credit that is due to the original authors. The best and really only way to do that is to request a license.
If you consider yourself an aspiring recording artist and are determined to use a sample of a recording owned by a major label you can send a written request for a sample license to the record company or even the publisher. But of course this will cost, but depending on the artist and how well that tune is doing on the charts will all determine how much. You would need to include an explanation of: how the intended sample will be used, the length of the sample and anything else that would make the publisher/record company want to give you the license.
As I said before, I would make sure you know how your final work/composition is being used. Because YOU are not commercially distributing it for a profit, the publisher/record company will be more likely to grant you the permission, but if those you give it to are planning on commercially distributing it and don't request a license (at current commercial rates) then that is NOT GOOD lol

This help? (probably more than you needed to know, but this is what I'm studying for my career, so I get a little excited about this) :)
 

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Cool, thanks. I did read the fair use act before I posted this, but I didn't see anything about sampling, and reading text like that is better than NyQuil so I may not have fully grasped it.

The end user would only be using it for personal use, and redistribution, if any, would also be free.

I made the sound edits for my own use, so jumping through hoops to get some kind of licensing is more than I would want to do anyway.

Thanks for the info.
 

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Cool. I agree with you. If you are using it for your own enjoyment and personal use then I would worry about it either...I've done that before too.
 
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