CopyrightCould I have a business that makes video tutorials using someone’s copyrighted book if I have my customers buy the book?

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CopyrightCould I have a business that makes video tutorials using someone’s copyrighted book if I have my customers buy the book?

I would like to charge customers for video tutorials using the examples from a textbook that I did not write. I will charge the customers for the book. Since the customer has bought the book, does that eliminate any copyright infringement from me selling the video tutorials?

Asked on June 5, 2017 under Business Law, Georgia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, it does not. You may not reproduce, show (e.g pictures or videos of), etc. another's copyrighted material--period and end of sentence. If you can do this without ever showing the problem or example, it would be legal: but if you in any way reproduce or show (or even verbally/orally state or recite) another's copyrighted content, even if you sold the customers the book, you will be in violation of copyright and could be sued.
I used to work for a supplemental text book company that also created online practice materials: we always created our own content, rather than using material from, say, the classroom's main text, specifically to avoid infringement.

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