Provo, UT asked in Copyright, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for Utah

Q: Can ambulance sound be used/sold as a sound effect, if it was made from scratch

if a sound, like the one used for an ambulance is made from scratch, to be sold as a sound effect, but is not the exact same, would this infringe on copyrights if such a sound were copyrighted? and if it weren't copyrighted could this in anyway break the law?

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Pittsboro, NC

A: I do not see a problem with respect to patents for having an ambulance sound. While there are patents with respect to sirens, most deal with detecting a siren or other sophisticated interactions.

Chances are that your process to create a siren sound would not have much to do with actual sirens.

Kevin E Flynn

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