Cerritos, CA asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and International Law for California

Q: Do "imported" music/synthesizer software have to meet US regulation on sampling and copyright? Or only in that country?

Hello. If I wanted to purchase a virtual synthesizer from a developer abroad that followed the sampling laws of the country it was made in, could I use that synthesizer in my music? In other words, if the sampling laws of that country were different than that of the US, how would that effect what is created with the synth? Thank you.

1 Lawyer Answer
David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
  • International Law Lawyer
  • Pensacola, FL

A: I don't really understand your question, but intellectual property protections like trademarks, copyrights and patents protect the owner's rights, not yours nor that of the U. S. Government--while there are criminal infractions of various relevant statutes.

If you have permission from the copyright owner, which is usually and incident of buying or renting the software, I don't see that an issue arises.

Good Luck


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