As a contest holder, the onus is on you to take reasonable steps to check that the wining sound in your contest is original and won’t land you in hot water. We recommend that you take the following steps in the latter stages of your contest:
- Listen to the sound creators in your contest: They can be some of your best helpers in identifying copied or unoriginal designs. They’re the design experts, after all!
- Search for similar sounds: To confirm the originality of your top designs, it’s a good idea to use YouTube and Stock Sound Libraries for references.
- Ask your talent if their work is original: It sounds simple, but sound creators may simply be unaware they are using elements which may require you to pay a license fee. Ask them whether they’re using any sound elements that carry licenses. If they answer yes, remind them that pirated material will not be accepted and that they run the risk of being persecuted in a court of law.
We take copyright infringement very seriously here at Vinylmint, so if you discover that someone has stolen a sound creation, let us know and we’ll look into it ASAP.