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Robert Parks
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Legality of Lecture Recording & Sale
« on: Dec 18th, 2006, 9:22pm »
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Is it legal to record lectures of professors during class? If so, is it legal to sell those recordings? Why/why not?  
 
Would I have copyright under "(2) the production or engineering of the sound recording." from the following site?
 
(Search for "copyright sound recordings" on Google and visit the first result. Click on the first "read details" link immediately after the word "lectures".)
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Re: Legality of Lecture Recording & Sale
« Reply #1 on: Dec 18th, 2006, 10:35pm »
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on Dec 18th, 2006, 9:22pm, Robert Parks wrote:
Is it legal to record lectures of professors during class? If so, is it legal to sell those recordings? Why/why not?

 
Maybe selling could be illegal.  If the lectures are not extemporaneous, but are instead drawn from the professors notes, the professor may have a copyright which selling your recording would infringe even if the professor allows recording.
 
For an extemporaneous speech, state law might protect the professors interest in the speech under a common law copyright scheme.
 
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 19th, 2006, 9:20am »
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"Is it legal to record lectures of professors during class?"
 
It's entirely up to the professor.
 
"If so, is it legal to sell those recordings? Why/why not?"
 
I agree with the prior response.
 
"Would I have copyright under "(2) the production or engineering of the sound recording." from the following site?"
 
Not unless you were recording under the authority of the professor, although, even if that were the case, you'd have basically no protectable contribution since all you'd have done is press the record button.
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 19th, 2006, 10:19am »
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on Dec 19th, 2006, 9:20am, pg1067 wrote:
"Is it legal to record lectures of professors during class?"
 
It's entirely up to the professor.

 
Recording might not require permission in every case.
 
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"Would I have copyright under "(2) the production or engineering of the sound recording." from the following site?"
 
Not unless you were recording under the authority of the professor, although, even if that were the case, you'd have basically no protectable contribution since all you'd have done is press the record button.

 
This answer is not quite right.   A person making a recording could  have a copyright based on the recorder's choices of how to mike and record the lecture.   Such a "thin" copyright would probably be enough protection to give the recorder a monopoly on distributing your own recording, but not enough to prevent another student in the class from distributing his own recording.
 
All assuming that your recording is lawfully made.
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