okay, we have a few students at my school who would benefit greatly from audio versions of their textbooks (literature and history especially). the audio CD versions of these books are always super expensive, like auidobooks are, and the service learning ally would be a great fit but it would have to be up to their parents to pay for it, not the school.
our school put in a “recording studio” (a nice mic and macbook with audio editing software) last year and it hasn’t really seen a lot of use yet. i guess the teachers and admins are still waiting to see how they could put it to use? i don’t know. anyway.
yesterday, a Support teacher got in touch with me and asked me to find alternatives for her students who need audio versions of their textbooks and i was sad to send her the short list of expensive options. we talked at lunch and i suggested that maybe we could use our school’s recording studio and some student talent (good readers, basically) to create our own audio versions of the portions of the textbooks that the struggling students need to read.
i understand that there are a lot of copyright concerns in a situation like this, but we would never sell the audio versions that we make and we could even destroy the copies after they are used and re-do them every year if we need to. it’s just that these two or three kids would have such an easier time if they could listen along to the book they’re reading. it would help with comprehension, speed, and retainment. so it might be worth the possible copyright trouble?
my question is: should we go for it? cry fair use if we get sued? ask for forgiveness rather than permission? or is it just too risky?