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If I were to send an email or letter to the company that owns a movie asking for permission to use soundbites can I assume yes if they do not respond?

1 Answers. Asked on Feb 21st, 2012 on Intellectual Property - Nebraska
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Me and my friends want to make a soundboard apps for Android, and do not want to step over copyright laws. They would only be a few seconds worth of clips, but I am assuming they would still be protected under copyright. I feel like the only way around this is to ask for permission, but I am curious how we can proceed if they do not respond. Thanks for your time! A soundboard would consist of around 20 different buttons that when pressed play a sound clip from a movie or a song.
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Answered on Feb 21st, 2012 at 1:42 PM

You should presume that permission is denied unless you receive written consent.

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