If I’m planning to start an internet business reading books to children, will I have to get permission from the authors or will I be obligated to compensate them in some way for reading their books?

I’m not sure what the legalities are for what I want to do. I know there are issues when using music but I have no idea about books.

Asked on February 7, 2016 under Business Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you would need permission from whomever own the copyright, which may be the author but could also be the publisher. (The copyright page of the books will have this information.) You will very likely--almost certainly--have to pay compensation (e.g. a fee) for the right to do this. Copyright gives the copyright holder the right to control all public (which includes via internet) or commercial productions or recitations of their copyrighted material.


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