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

Greta Bergquist Greta.Bergquist at state.or.us
Tue Mar 24 11:15:50 PDT 2020

Thanks so much, Diedre! I posted about online storytimes just yesterday on kids-lib, if anyone here would like to join kids-lib for daily youth services messages, sign up here<https://www.oregon.gov/library/libraries/Pages/Email-Lists.aspx> & see some compiled youth services resources<https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lT-Yjgmge83c9-Q-hCnr4w12T66JcQwB> here.
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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Diedre Conkling
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:38 AM
To: libs-or <libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: [Libs-Or] Fwd: [PubLib] Online storytimes and copyright issues

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<mailto: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<mailto: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 performances.
Here is a good explanation of why this is true: https://kylecourtney.com/2020/03/11/covid-19-copyright-library-superpowers-part-i/<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/kylecourtney.com/2020/03/11/covid-19-copyright-library-superpowers-part-i/__;!!Oai6dtTQULp8Sw!Fj3Ki-veTlN_73lgubHbMu0JwMbXbl1u0OnBMLU9Q5YL09FepzFPLtCemFTwGsXwuAOISpU$>
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 collect.
Good luck!

Carrie Russell
Director  Public Policy and Advocacy
ALA Washington Office
crussell at alawash.org<mailto: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 <https://www.katemessner.com/publisher-guidelines-on-fair-use-for-online-storytimes-read-alouds-during-covid-19-school-closures> for using their books for online storytimes.
Cheers  -  Don

On Mar 23, 2020, at 12:26 PM, Deana Cunningham <dcunningham at ALAMANCELIBRARIES.ORG<mailto: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 process?

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
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