Reading Aloud Allowed?
December 24, 2012 8:19 AM Subscribe
What are the legal rights and obligations of someone reading aloud in public from a published book?
posted by anonymous to law & government (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm participating in an event that involves reading some excerpts from a book.
- Admission will be charged
- Full credit will be given to the author
- The book in question is an autobiography, but the person is dead and not terribly well known, the book itself is over 30 years old and out of print, and other factors indicate that no one is closely guarding the estate.
- This will occur in the state of New York
- Parts of the event could be recorded
If the (middle-tier) publisher caught wind of my reading, how likely is it that they would care, given that the book is so old? Would notifying them be more likely to work for or against me?
BONUS QUESTION: how would the answer(s) change if the book was currently in print, and written by a more well-known person with a living descendant who was far more active in their predecessor's estate? Would there be grounds for them to legally interfere with such an event it they caught wind of it in advance?