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Upcoming Changes to Terms of Service

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Terms of Service Update.jpgToday, we are posting our 30 day notice for upcoming changes to our Terms of Service.

The new Terms of Service are available online now and can be read in our company section here.

We're providing this 30 day notice as we have committed to doing so in previous blog posts.

In other words, whenever we make an update to our agreement with you, we want to provide you with enough time to read through it and ask questions of us if needed.

What are Terms of Service?

Terms of Service, sometimes referred to as a User Agreement or a Master Licence Agreement is a legally binding agreement between an organization and the user.

Every website or downloadable app has a set of rules which define the use of the website, prohibited use, ownership of content and termination and survival rights.

Learn more about this update in today's VOX Daily.


What is an NDA and When Should One Be Issued?

By Lin Parkin

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Non-disclosure Agreement.jpgAre you booking a voice talent for a major client? Did you sign a secrecy agreement?

Have you considered all parties involved?

At Voices.com we often marvel at the incredible voice-over work produced by the talent at our site for every kind of company from Fortune 500's down to small mom and pop shops that need a quality IVR recording.

As a general rule of thumb, and sometimes because we've signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) ourselves, we keep the names of the companies within these walls unless we're granted permission to speak about them publicly.

However if you are commissioned to hire a voice actor for your clients project, and you signed an NDA with the company, you should in turn consider issuing an NDA for the voice talent you hired to record the project.

Join VOX Daily today as we explore the what, why and who of issuing a non-disclosure agreement.


How To Find Public Domain Works To Record

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man's hand holding a CD with a C for copyright on itHow do you know if you can record a published work or if it is off limits?

Most talent are aware of copyright issues but not all are confident in identifying which pieces of copy are safe to record without acquiring a license or paying royalties.

In today's VOX Daily, we're going to explore ways to determine what copy is available to you in the public domain when recording voice over demos or audiobooks.


How Jack Benny's Estate Sanctioned a Voice Over Demo

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Jack BennyIs it possible to legally perform character voice impressions of celebrities who have died and feature them on a voice over demo that you've uploaded to the Internet for promotional purposes?

How does one go about getting permission? Ask the right people and you'll find out!

Herb Merriweather shares his experience connecting with those involved with the Estate of Jack Benny doing just that.


When and Why NDAs are Used in Voice Over Contracts

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man covering his mouth with his index fingerIf you've been in voice over for any length of time and are doing well, you may have run across situations where your client has made you sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or advised you not to share that you are the voice of their campaign, product or company.

Although you may have had to sign one, have you ever thought about why you were asked to and what the motivation behind that request was?

This article covers a number of reasons why non-disclosure agreements could be used in voice over contracts. If I've missed one, let me know!


Voice Acting's Toughest Legal Questions Answered By David Canton

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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David CantonIs it OK to use copyrighted material in your demo?

What could happen if you use a script from an audition that you didn't win for promotional purposes?

Can you perform a dead-on vocal impression of a celebrity but are curious about legal issues?

Find the answers to these questions and more in our interview with David R. Canton, Lawyer and Trade-mark Agent with Harrison Pensa LLP in London, Canada.


Undercover Voice Actor: How Do You Handle Non Disclosure Agreements?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Rubber ducks with ties and sunglasses on

If you've been following the news, US presidential candidate John McCain's commercial voice over talent "Joan", whose identity is deemed a corporate secret, has been a topic of discussion and I've no doubt in my mind that she had to sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement).

Have you ever had to sign a non-disclosure agreement for a voice over job that you've recorded?

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Financial Core VS Union : The Real Deal

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Oil and Water

Public skirmishes between SAG and AFTRA have got the unions in the headlines quite a bit in the past few months.

To sum up, AFTRA went on to talk up the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on their own after suspending their joint bargaining agreement with the Screen Actors Guild, and came out with some kind of solution.

AFTRA's parent union, SAG, is now embroiled in talks following their expired contract (July 1, 2008) with the AMPTP, bargaining for more money and residual pay. The AMPTP has made their final offer (July 2, 2008) and SAG requested more time to study it. No further meetings are scheduled at this point.

There's a lot going on between SAG and AFTRA

AFTRA has an election coming up this fall and SAG is currently running a campaign of their own to the chagrin of AFTRA. For two unions that represent a significant portion of the same people and overlap in a variety of ways, it would be nice if they could get along for the sake of their members, or as some have suggested, merge and unite under one banner.

Where does this leave those in the middle? Is there a middle?

As SAG and AFTRA continue to spar, take a moment to read this article written by a former union member with Financial Core status, Lani Minella, and her take on this often intentionally neglected yet very real dues paying non-member union designation.


Dirty Politics: When Voiceovers Go Too Far

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Where do you draw the line?


Royalty-Free Music for Voice Recordings

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Find some great samples here.