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Can I record my own audiobook and use it for educational purposes without infringing copyright

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In the US you'd be guilty just for making the tape. Further, playing the tape in your class will also be an infringement.

Lots of English material is not subject to copyright.


Senior Member
If I recorded my own audiobook of a copyrighted book and used it for teaching English would I be infringing copyright?
What is the name of your state or, if not in the US, what is the name of your country?

Creating an audiobook of a copyrighted text is creating a derivative work.

Creating derivatives is one of the exclusive rights held by a copyright holder.

You would need to get permission from the holder of these rights before making your audiobook.

Good luck.


Senior Member
FlyingRon is right that audiobooks can be made of works in the public domain so the books selected can matter.

And, because what is in the public domain differs by country, the name of Highland's country matters.
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