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This is illegal right?

Discussion in 'Copyright, Claims, Strikes & Legal Discussion' started by hopeful327, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. hopeful327
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    I've noticed there are thousands and thousands of videos on Youtube of people reading kids books.

    Some even have their channel named something like "Read With Katie" or whatever.

    Many of the videos have MILLIONS of views and they are monetized and earning away.

    But its illegal right?

    Just wondering!
     
  2. TheSwedishTraveler
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    How is it illegal?
    It might be copyrighted yes, but I don´t think it would be illegal. Why would it be?
     
  3. hopeful327
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    Thanks for your response. Maybe I used the wrong word, I should have said "This is against Youtube Policy right?"

    I just want to double check because if its not against Youtube Policy then I would love to do this on my channel :)

    Is it a Youtube violation?
     
  4. Shakycow
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    Yes, it's in a clear violation of copyright law and if any of the authors, publishers, or anyone who happens to have the rights to the book could easily issue a takedown request and give strikes.
     
  5. KudoJin
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    Copyright is strict on this stuff, so it depends.

    Do you have the permission of the publisher/whoever owns the copyrights of the book?
    Is the book in the public domain?

    If the answer to either of those questions is "no", then it would probably fall under copyright infringement.

    Then again, I'm also not a lawyer, so yeah....
     
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  6. Crown
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    It's definitely infringement of copyright. There is absolutely no "fair use" in reading out a book. It's taking revenue away from the publishers and the author and they would most certainly file a copyright claim.
     
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    What if you read the entire book, but change one word or a sentence from it? :bounce:
     
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    I don't even think you could cheese the system by throwing in some critiquing, because you'd still be reading the whole book. Was going to jokingly suggest that, but I don't think there's a way out of this pickle. I guess they should just stop doing illegal things and exploit the Youtube kids app some other way.
     
  9. 4Reason
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    I think it should be illegal because it's basically like a cover for a song. Yeah it's the same beat and words, but with a special spin off of it that's makes it original.
     
  10. KatyAdelson
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    I think that might fall under "derivative works..." You need permission from the copyright holder to create a derivative work, so it still falls under infringement if you didn't get permission.

    It's the same with changing song lyrics. You need permission from the original creator to create a cover with different lyrics. You can't just get a mechanical license and call it good (which a lot of people don't know...). :eek:
     

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