Some sounds from famous television shows, movies or games are so recognisable. Many of these sounds are embedded in our minds, but are also trademarked or copyrighted.
Today, 6 sounds you aren’t allowed to use (without permission):
The roar of a lion – the roar of the MGM lion was trademarked in 1985, but the lion has been MGM’s mascotte since 1924.
A ringtone – in the pre-iPhone era there was Nokia. Everyone had one, and everyone still knows the ‘Grande Valse’ tune.
A movie intro – composed by Alfred Newman. Director George Lucas started to use the tune for the Star Wars movies. The intro tune of the science fiction classic was composed in the same key as the 20th Century Fox tune.
Game music – everyone played Tetris in the 80’s. And the tune – named Korobeiniki – is still buried in the minds of many. Did you know the original has lyrics?
A chime – if you hear this tune, you know what’s inside. Walter Werzowas was given the assignment to compres a tune that breathed reliability, innovation and trust. Werzowa only needed five notes.
Meep meep – poor coyote, always a step (or more) behind the road runner. Invented by Paul Julian, background artist at Warner Brothers. Did you know the official spelling is “Hmeep hmeep” and not meep meep or beep beep?