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LaguCover is a platform for creators and we expect all LaguCover users to respect other people’s copyright.

What is copyright?
What is copyright infringement and how can I avoid it?
Copyright Checklist
Further resources
Please note: This page provides some basic information about copyright. However, nothing on this page constitutes legal advice – please do not treat it as legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any matters related to copyright.

What is copyright?
“Copyright” is the term used to describe a number of legal rights that exist in original literary, musical, dramatic or artistic works, and in sound recordings, films, broadcasts and other creative works. Under copyright laws, these rights are exclusive to the copyright owner, and enable the copyright owner to control how their work is used and to prevent unauthorised use.

Originally, copyright laws allowed the creator of a work to prevent that work from being copied, but copyright laws have gradually been extended over time, and now allow copyright owners to prevent and control things like adaptation or public performance of the copyright work, inclusion of the work in a broadcast, or distribution of the work both physically and on the Internet. Because these rights are exclusive to the copyright owner, anyone wanting to do any of these things needs the permission of the copyright owner.

Copyright can exist in all sorts of things - for example, music, lyrics, photographs, artwork, books, speeches, TV programmes and movies. Also, what might appear to be a single work can include several different copyrights owned by various different people. For example, a music track by a signed artist will often include separate copyrights in the composition, the lyrics, and the sound recording. Copyright in the music and lyrics will usually be owned by the artist or music publishing company, and copyright in the sound recording will usually be owned by the artist’s record label. Use of that track, including any adaptation of the track or any uploading or sharing over the Internet, will require the permission of all of these copyright owners, either directly or through their representatives (for example, through a collecting society or performing rights organisation).

What is copyright infringement, and how can I avoid it?
Because the rights afforded by copyright law are exclusive to the copyright owner(s), you will infringe copyright if you do any of those things without the permission of the copyright owner(s) - for example, if you copy or adapt a copyright work, or make it available on the Internet.

The best way to avoid copyright infringement is to ensure that you don’t use anything created by anyone else. Simple as that.

If you do use someone else's work, make sure you have the necessary permissions – this will usually take the form of a licence from the copyright owner(s), which you may have to pay for. There are certain instances where you may be able to use excerpts of copyrighted material without a licence – for example, if you use a small part of someone else's work for the purposes of criticism or review, or if your use constitutes "fair use" under applicable law (particularly U.S. law) – however, discussion of these exceptions is beyond the scope of this guidance. If you intend to use any part of a copyright work in reliance on any of the statutory exceptions, you should seek legal advice first.

Copyright Checklist
Copyright is complicated. If you have any doubt regarding the extent of your rights in any sounds, you should consult with a suitably qualified lawyer before uploading anything to LaguCover or making any claims or counter-claims regarding your rights. However, as a general guide, here are some of the issues you might want to consider before uploading anything to LaguCover:

For music uploads:
Can you answer “yes” to all of the following questions?

Did you compose the music yourself?
Did you write the lyrics yourself?

Did you record and produce the track yourself or do you have permission from the producer or record label that made the recording? Do you have written permission from all copyright owners to use any samples contained in the track?
Can you answer “no” to all of the following questions?


Were you signed to a record label when you recorded the track?
Do you have a publishing deal?
Are you a member of a performing rights organization or collecting society?
Have you licensed your track to anyone else?
Does the track contain the entirety or any part of someone else's song(s) Is it based on someone else’s song(s)?
For other sounds, including field recordings, podcasts, audiobooks or voice messages:
Can you answer “yes” to all of the following questions?


Is the recording spontaneous, as opposed to being recited from a script, play or book (other than one written by you)?
Is it a recording of your performance?
Did you make the recording yourself?
Do you have the permission of anyone else appearing in the recording to upload and share the recording on LaguCover?
Can you answer “no” to all of the following questions?

Is the recording rehearsed or recited from a script, play or book (other than one written by you)?
Does the recording contain any music or excerpts from other copyright works (e.g. movie dialogue)?
Further resources
For information about copyright in your country, try your local copyright office:
http://www.wipo.int/directory/en/urls.jsp

For information on copyright laws around the world, try the World Intellectual Property Office database:
http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/



Report Copyright Infringement

If you identify any sounds on LaguCover that you believe infringe your copyright, you can let us know using any of the methods explained on these pages. Before making a report concerning any possible copyright infringement, please consider the following:

These pages relate to notices concerning copyright infringement only
If you wish to make a report concerning infringement of any other rights, please email us at [email protected]

Please only report infringement of your own copyright, or the copyright of someone you are authorized to represent
If you believe that someone else’s copyright is being infringed, please tell them and direct them to this page.

Please do not report copyright infringement unless you have a genuine claim
If you make groundless or malicious reports of copyright infringement, you risk having your account suspended or terminated. You may also be liable for damages (including costs and legal fees) incurred by LaguCover, the person whose sounds you report and/or any copyright owner or authorized licensee, as the result of sounds being removed in reliance on your notice.

Please provide detail
the more information we have regarding your claim, the quicker we can process your notice.
There are various ways in which you can report copyright infringement on LaguCover.

Using our webform
You can file a report using this webform.

Report Copyright Infringement

Using the report button
Each sound page has a button entitled “Report copyright infringement”, which you can use to report the sounds on that page. The button is located on the right side of the track page under the name of the user who uploaded it:



By writing to us
The report button and the webform are the most efficient means of reporting possible copyright infringement. However, if you would prefer to send your own notification, please do so in writing, making sure that you include the following information:

a statement that you have identified sounds on LaguCover which infringe your copyright or the copyright of a third party on whose behalf you are entitled to act;
a description of the copyright work(s) that you claim have been infringed;
a description of the track(s) that you claim are infringing and the LaguCover URL(s) where such sounds can be located; your full name, address and telephone number, a valid email address on which you can be contacted, and your LaguCover user name if you have one;
a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
a statement by you that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; In addition, if you wish for your notice to be considered as a notice pursuant to the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act 17 U.S.C. §512(c), please also include the following:

with respect to your statement that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive right that is allegedly infringed, confirmation that such statement is made under penalty of perjury; and
your electronic or physical signature (which may be a scanned copy).
Your notice should be sent to us by email to [email protected]