Copyright and IP Guidelines

Vinylmint is here to help you buy and sell your sounds legally. So, as you would expect, we are committed to protecting sound creator’s intellectual property rights, and providing contest holders with sounds that they are legally entitled to use.

We know you value copyright just as much as we do — after all, we are talking about your rights! — so we have put together these guidelines to make sure we all know where we stand.

Reporting Infringements

If you spot a member who has used your content without your permission, please report by contacting us immediately.

You must not post false, inaccurate, misleading, defamatory, or libelous content in a contest. Alleging an infringement of your copyright via a public comment in a contest discussion is defamation and will be dealt with appropriately. Please use the report system instead.

Vinylmint does not make judgments about what legally constitutes a “derivative work”. When we receive allegations of copying, our response is solely determined by whether the design is in violation of our site rules. 

We are hard at work on a reputation system that allows users to rate other users’ behavior, and originality will be a key component of that system. Keep an eye on the Vinylmint Blog for more on this.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (USA) and Copyright Act (Australia)

To file a takedown notice under the DMCA — an act that will result in the immediate removal of a contest or entry — you must hold the copyrights to the content in question.

That is the law.

The process is designed to make reporting these alleged infringements easy, while at the same time reducing the number of notices that are fraudulent, malicious, untrue, unsubstantiated or difficult to understand.

How will Vinylmint respond to these notices? That will depend on each case. We might remove or disable access to the material claimed to be the subject of infringing activity. We may suspend subscribers.

In any case, we’ll try to contact the owner of the affected contest or design so that they have a chance to make a counter-notification. When you agreed to the Vinylmint terms and conditions, you consented to your contact details being disclosed so the owner may contact you directly.

To file notice of an alleged infringement with Vinylmint, you will need to provide a written communication (by email—the address is on the form below—or regular post, mailing it to us at Suite 250, 259 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510) that contains the information requested on the Alleged Infringement Notice provided for download below.

Keep in mind that you’ll be liable for damages, including costs and lawyers or attorneys fees, if you materially misrepresent that an activity is infringing your copyright.

Download the Copyright Infringement PDF