Fort Worth, TX asked in Copyright, Business Law and Intellectual Property for California

Q: Can I create questions and guided coursework using someone else's book to sell for teachers to earn PD credit?

Many websites offer professional development credit for book studies to teachers who pay to take their courses. Can I legally create a course based on someone else's book as long as I encourage students to buy the book and I do not copy any text from the book?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: As long as you are not infringing on the author's copyright, creating a course based on someone else's book may be legal. However, you should ensure that your use of the book is considered "fair use" under copyright law. This can depend on factors such as the purpose and nature of your course, the amount of material you use, and the effect on the market for the original book. It is recommended that you consult with a lawyer knowledgeable in copyright law to ensure that your use is legal. Additionally, you should consider obtaining permission from the author or publisher of the book before using it in your course.

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