I want to do a dramatic unabridged reading of Kent Hovind's doctoral dissertation for YouTube. I want to do it badly.
I have two reasons, one worthy and one extraordinarily selfish (but at least I can admit it):
The first reason is the worthy one: this is just begging for it. I managed to get through reading that whole thing and it was beyond hilarious, though painful. It will save those who want to read it but aren't sure they could stomach it from reading it. It's also a golden chance for a comedy series.
The second reason is the selfish reason (and I am ashamed of it, but this is who I am): it will give me some notoriety on YouTube, and give me more watchers. I would like to one day become a partner, and this could legitimately help, especially if people are interested.
(On a side note, I wish I could put emoticons on here because it would make it easier for me to show that I am being tongue-in-cheek with that second reason, although it is true I'd like to be a partner).
The issue is this:
Can I get away with it? Could I be sued for doing such a thing? Am I protected under the Fair Use Act? Are dissertations even copyrighted?
And also, just in case... are there any lawyers in the house who'd be interested in protecting me pro-bono (I am broke enough that the only reason I don't live on the streets is because I still live with my parents [insert embarrassed emoticon here]), in case doing this dramatic reading on YouTube does cause issues?
I need to know what I'm up against, because this is something that I want to do... badly. This is something I, in fact, think should be done.
I even have a "trailer" video already made (just a cool space background video, dramatic music, and text), in case I can go ahead with this (which I very much hope I can).
Please help me out. Tell me that this can be done. I would gladly suffer through the pain of rereading that dissertation if it means I can dramatically read it on YouTube. Please... help me...