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ecording and publishing speech at public event

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Junior Member
I am going to attend a publicly advertised event held by a non-profit organization in its office in Chicago, IL (The speaker will be talking about living trusts, wills, etc...).
Can I legally record entire speech and post it online as a free podcast without permission from the organization or the speaker?
If not what document(s) I need to secure to be able to legally do it?

Thank you


Senior Member
In a word, no.

While the act of delivering the speech is not a copyright issue, pretty good leeway is given to the speech writer. All it takes is that he has written the speech down prior to delivering it. There are other ways it can be "fixed" in tangible form that would make your recordiong NOT public domain.

You need permission from the rights holder which is usually the speaker. It's possible however that the rights are with the organization, but I'd approach the speaker first.


Junior Member

Thank you for the advice, just received email from the organization saying that generally they do not allow any types of recordings. In this case I'd need to obtain written permissions from the rights holder and the organization itself. Is email correspondence sufficient in this case or should I obtained it in writing?

Thank you

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