Someone asked me a question about transcription the other day and I thought it was a good opportunity to share some information. They wanted to know if I could only transcribe something they personally recorded. For example, they purchased an audio for training purposes and wanted to have it transcribed in order to have a hard copy of the information.
The answer? Why, yes, I can do that!
Having a written transcription to accompany an audio is a great idea. If you’re using it for training or studying purposes, having a hard copy can be very valuable. You can highlight key areas and make notes.
If your intention is to keep the transcription for personal use, there should be no issues. However, if you wanted to share or sell the transcription, there are certain rules that apply. Always check with the author before making the next move. They will often attach a note indicating that you are free to share the information any way you like. If it’s something you purchased, they may indicate that you do not have the right to redistribute the information in any way. If you’re not sure, it’s always best to check with the original creator.