[Libs-Or] Fwd: [PubLib] Online storytimes and copyright issues

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 24 10:38:07 PDT 2020

This response on PUBLIB has great information about copyright and doing
online storytimes. I thought some of you would find it very useful.

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From: Donald B. Reynolds <don.reynolds2030 at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 11:01 AM
Subject: Re: [PubLib] Online storytimes and copyright issues
To: <PUBLIB at oclclists.org>

Deana  -
Here are a couple of resources to answer your question:

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Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 12:37 PM
Subject: *Online or video story time and fair use.*
I received your message about online story time.  I’m the copyright
specialist for ALA, and while I cannot provide you with legal advice, here
is my professional opinion.
Because of exigent circumstances (the closing of library etc due to the
virus), your use of online technology to deliver story time is a clear fair
use, meaning that it is not an infringement to conduct these public
Here is a good explanation of why this is true:
Some book publishers are making public statements that it’s okay for
libraries to conduct online story time considering what is going on in the
world.  This is a very nice gesture but I want you to also understand, that
even without publisher approval, this use is a fair use.  The social
benefits far outweigh any revenue that rights holders would otherwise
Good luck!

*Carrie Russell*
Director  Public Policy and Advocacy
ALA Washington Office

crussell at alawash.org

*A Crisis - as in School Closures Due to Coronavirus—Justifies Fair Use,
Say Librarians*

*Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency
Remote Teaching & Research *

*Tackling Copyright Concerns When Taking Storytime Online*

*Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators*

*Author Kate Messner* has a page to track publisher permissions
using their books for online storytimes.

Cheers  -  Don

On Mar 23, 2020, at 12:26 PM, Deana Cunningham <
dcunningham at ALAMANCELIBRARIES.ORG> wrote:


Forgive me if this has already been discussed, I have fallen behind on
reading listervs lately!

Does anyone have a one-stop-shopping source for checking copyright rules
regarding using children's books for online storytimes? The sheer number of
individual links staff are coming up with are way too much to check.

Maybe there is a better system someone has devised to streamline this

I love that staff are ready to go with programming, and I hate to dampen
enthusiasm with too many hoops to jump through, but we want to follow the
rules as well.

Thanks in advance (as I may not have time to send individual thanks).

Stay well,


Deana Cunningham, MLS
Associate Director of Operations
Alamance County Public Libraries
342 S. Spring St.
Burlington, NC 27215

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