Harry Potter and YouTube Copyright Thoughts

Yes, you can listen to the complete Jim Dale audio recordings of Order of the Phoenix at YouTube. I know that Travis and others won’t want to do that — ever — because they prefer the Stephen Frye readings, but I was startled to see this. I’ve bought the tapes so I don’t have any legal or ethical qualms about listening to the book online, but isn’t this a copyright violation? What am I missing?


  1. I’m sure it is a copyright violation. I wonder how long it will take before it is removed. Unfortunately, by that time, a lot of people will have listened to it or copied it.

    It seems YouTube needs to do a better job of screening what people post.

    And I’ll continue listening to Stephen Fry. Right now I’m listening to Chamber of Secrets, and loving every minute. So many little things stand out as being foreshadowing moments, subtle at the time but not once we had all the books.

  2. I’m quite sure it’s a copyright violation, too. You can quote snippets & portions of something as a reference or as something you’re doing commentary on, but just posting whole products? Don’t think so, but for some reason people think that if they’re posting stuff in parts, that it’s okay.

    Anyway, I have the first three books in Fry versions & the last four in Dale versions.

  3. Arabella Figg says

    Ditto. It’s especially ironic considering the books’ emphasis on morals, ethics and values.

  4. I’ve been listening to Jim Dale for the past several weeks. I enjoy them very much, even if he doesn’t do the teenage girl voices terribly well, especially Hermione (Harreeeeeee!) and Luna. I haven’t heard the Fry versions.

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