As librarians pursue ways to offer online programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, many publishers and authors are temporarily relaxing copyright restrictions to allow for virtual library programming using their works. Below is a list of resources, articles, and information regarding copyright. Please read the individual pages carefully, as they can differ significantly as to their requirements and limitations.
Information on Individual Publishers:
- School Library Journal (SLJ) maintains an extensive document on individual publishers that is consistently updated with rights extensions: SLJ COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory
- Penguin Randomhouse - Through March 31 2021
- Cherry Lake/Sleeping Bear – Through Dec. 31: https://cherrylakepublishing.com/recording_guidelines
Group Sourced Documents
- VT School Library Association (VSLA) is continually updating a document on School Resources for Teachers. Section 6 has resources on copyright (and will be updated as they come across additional copyright releases/information).
- This group-sourced Google document lists “Author Permissions for Book Reading Recordings.” It includes publishers that have given blanket permission.
- Fair Use Webinar (Presented by the Washington School of Law at American University's Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x3S-8wZikw
- From EdSurge: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-03-30-can-teachers-read-books-out-loud-online-actually-yes
From School Library Journal:
- "With Remote Learning Still the Norm, Publishers Extend Permissions for Read Alouds" UPDATED 10/13/20
- "Publishers Adapt Policies to Help Educators"
- "Tackling Copyright Concerns When Taking Storytime Online"
- Storytime copyright tips from the Programming Librarian blog (2011 blog post)
- Copyright FAQ’s from the State Library of Iowa
- Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching and Research - A very thorough document on fair use in higher ed that is applicable to some public library scenarios.
- ACRL Presents: Understanding Fair Use Through Copyright Law (YouTube Video) - A recording of the February 25, 2020 ACRL Presents: Understanding Fair Use Through Case Law, with speakers Sandra Aya Enimil and Maria Scheid.