Yes. Thank you so much! There is so much common sense also here. I am thrilled to read this article and shall consider my story time that I am sharing with not only house bound students but family and friends across the pond, who are also stuck at home, "fair use". Faber and Faber in England simply requested that people remember to credit the author and illustrator. I have gone one further with my readings by sharing other books that they have written and a link to the author/illustrator's website. Smiles all around here.
This was perfect! Thank you for providing this information and clarifying many points of concern.
Thank you so much for providing this information and clarifying points. I was being questioned for posting #FirstChapterFridays for my students. I am just trying to find ways to connect with my students and promote good books!
Thank you so much for posting this! I was wondering how fair use applies to live covers of copyrighted music? I've noticed most copyright guides cover recorded material but offer no suggestions about covering a Raffi song on the guitar, for example. To play it safe in my recorded storytimes I've been changing lyrics or melodies to popular songs so that I don't infringe on a copyright, but am I being overly careful? Would it be fair use to play a shortened version of "Shake Your Sillies Out" or is that legally murky? Thank you for the great post!
@heymatthickey -- Thanks for your question. I checked with ALA's Carrie Russell, and here is what she had to say: (Note that she can't give legal advice but this is her informed opinion.) "If a band is recording covers and plans to sell the recording or perform publicly, a mechanical license is required. Because you are playing the song in association with story time, and you are not posting a recording to a publicly accessible web site, you are good to go. Keep the recording on a site only available to your patrons. "In general, changing lyrics would be okay if not for profit making purposes and with restricted access. Otherwise, you would have to negotiate with the rights holder and get a license for creating a derivative work. This type of use is not covered by a mechanical license."
Thank you for this information. My husband and I want to create a story time podcast in which we would like to translate some of the English books we read to our toddler. If we do this, what kind of permission would we need from the publisher or author? Thank you again, Ellie