[cc-licenses] Podcasting readings of poetical works? Legal Issues?
jbn at forestfield.org
Mon Aug 8 20:00:04 EDT 2005
Umang Kumar wrote:
> If I decide to podcast readings of poetry or literary passages from
> works of famous writers [not mine, from works/books I own], is that
> legal? It is not a reproduction or an electronic distribution...
I think that would be a public performance of the poem which is one of the
activities regulated by copyright law in many countries. Thus, I think that the
question should focus on how the poetry is licensed -- is it licensed so that
you can publicly perform the work? Or is the poetry is in the public domain?
If the poetry is licensed so that you can publicly perform it, or if the poetry
is in the public domain you will not be committing copyright infringement.
Buying a copy of a book of poetry usually does not give you the license you need
to perform the work publicly or make a derivative work based on the poem.
CC-licensed books of poetry would be an obvious exception.
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