Poppy, I've noticed that some podcasts provide transcripts so you might not need to type it all up.
Also, posting transcripts to podcasts without permission of the owners would constitute a breach of copyright law and not be very nice to folks who put a lot of effort into their work.
I didn't know that. But, why do they provide us with the transcripts that we can easily save on Word?
It might be a good idea to learn about copyright and the Internet.
In short, though, reposting something without permission of the owner is a violation of the law in most countries. Just because you can make a copy of something doesn't mean you can republish it (which is what reposting is).
It's also not very nice to the author, especially when you're making your own transcript and then publishing it. What if the author had been planning to try to sell copies of his work and make a living off it? Well, now people can get it for free, and you just ripped him off and rendered all his hard work useless.
But, if they want to sell it, then why can we access the transcript for free? I do see that some have the $ sign which means we need to buy it, but then can we share it with others? So the ones that are free to access, does that mean that they don't mind if we copy and repost? After all, God's teachings should be accessible and shared with everyone. It's like we are extending their preachings to others which reaches a lot of people they may never have been able to reach. Also, we can always refer people to the site and they can hear it for free. How can they make money out of that? Are the teachings of God for sale now? That's just my logic about it.
There are a couple of different issues here.
1. The poster above made reference to "typing it all in," i.e., that he was making his own transcript (not using AFR's). It's one thing to do that for personal use, but the moment you post something like that, you're breaking the law and also breaking a trust.
2. AFR does publish some transcripts, by permission of the author. But the author didn't necessarily grant permission for those transcripts to get republished somewhere else, too. Republishing is republishing. Just because you found it on the Internet does not mean that you can republish it. That would be like saying that you found a book in a public library, so it must be okay to make xerox copies and hand them out to people.
All that aside, yes, of course we are talking about the teachings of the Church. No one is trying to make money off our dogma. (Okay, maybe someone is, but not anyone on AFR.)
Nevertheless, a workman is still worth his hire (Luke 10:7; 1 Tim. 5:18), and the particular manner in which a teacher may express the Church's teachings can certainly be worth the ability to make a living. When we respect someone's wishes regarding what they want done with their material, we're not only behaving as Christians toward them, but (particularly if this is how they make a living), we're making it possible for them to keep producing that material. A writer writes for a living. If he can't make a living any more because people are stealing his writing, then he'll have to find something else to do to make a living.
Using myself as an example -- of course I would never charge anyone to learn about Orthodoxy from me. But I still get a salary from my parish. And people still pay money for my book. But if I no longer could make a living from being a parish priest or from writing a book (and believe me -- neither really pays that much), then that means I would have to do something else to make a living. If parishioners and readers begin insisting that I should not be able to make a living from what I do, then that means I would have to stop doing it, because I still have to make a living.
By insisting that people give their work away for free, you may be making it so they can't do that work any more. I give a lot away for free. But I can't do everything for free. I gotta feed my kids, you know. No doubt the work you do is important, too, but if you couldn't make a living at it, you'd have to find something else to do.
The bottom line, though, is that reposting material you do not own without permission is stealing, which is not only against God's law, but is against man's, too.