Fort Wayne, IN asked in Copyright for Indiana

Q: Is it legal for me to stream myself (on twitch or youtube) reading a book that I own? Would it fall under fair use?

Basically something i've been wanting to do is get back into reading since it's not something that really happens a lot anymore in the common world. I would also like to share what I am reading with others so that they to might find enjoyment in it, I would not be showing the pages/screen of said books, just verbally speaking the words into a microphone so that they may pass into the ears of others. Would this be legal to do since it's not me altering or editing the way the book is written, in fact I believe it's relatively akin to when someone makes a "cover version" of a song (i:e Metallica covering "Whiskey in the Jar" which was also covered by Thin Lizzy before them)...anyway I digress I just need to know if i'd be relatively ok in the matter.

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Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: In general probably not.

You would be infringing several property rights.

Consult with an attorney.

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