Does adding audio violate MRR?
I would like to ask a specific question about MRR. I find generally most resell rights issues are pretty straightforward, but this is a complex grey area and I haven't yet found anyone who knows the answer.
Here's the situation: I am an actor and professional voiceover artist and would like to incorporate this ability somehow into my internet marketing.
I know that MRR means that you have to sell the product exactly "as is" - you can't alter it in any way, or claim authorship etc.
My question is this: if I get product X with MRR, and I record my own "audio book" version of the product as an mp3, to offer say, as a bonus when I resell the product, does that constitute "altering" the product?
Just to clarify a few points:
We'll assume that my recording is verbatim and includes full credit to the original author. And also makes it clear that the voice is mine and is not claiming to be the voice of the author.
I'm not talking about ever offering the mp3 as a separate product, which would of course be plagiarism. I'm talking about offering it as an inclusive bonus alongside the product itself, or perhaps as an opt-in incentive after the customer has purchased the original product and is about to download.
All opinions are extremely welcome, but I'm hoping that someone out there has a definitive legal take on whether or not this would actually violate Master Resale Rights.
Would it be perhaps safest to get the author's written permission before taking such a step?
Does anyone know of a precedent where someone has done this?
I know that there would be absolutely no problem doing this with PLR - it is MRR I am specifically referring to.
Among those of you who do offer MRR to your own products - how would YOU feel about someone doing that?
I have other questions about marketing my voice in this field, but will save them for another post!!
Many thanks in advance