Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators

In an effort to help educators move to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic, children's publishers are changing their policies on copyright infringement.

As educators move to remote learning, many are worrying and wondering about reading books aloud online and possibly violating copyright laws. In response, many children's publishers have temporarily altered policies.

Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Children's Books, Macmillan, Little, Brown Young Readers, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Chronicle Kids, Candlewick, Lee and Low, HMH, Abrams, Holiday House, Disney Publishing, Crabtree Publishing, Lerner, and Peachtree have put out guidelines for use during the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down schools across the country.

For an updated list of policies, see our COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory 

Sourcebooks
 
Sourcebooks' mission is to reach as many people as possible through books that will enlighten their lives. At the core of that mission is the unfaltering belief that Books. Change. Lives. In the face of the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, we are proud to continue that mission and support our community of teachers, librarians, and booksellers by permitting them to create and share story time and read-aloud videos and live stream events, according to the following guidelines:
Teachers and Educators
 
  • For Teachers and Educators who are looking to record and post content to replicate the classroom story time experience, we are happy to grant permission to temporarily create and post readings of Sourcebooks titles to closed educational platforms such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Edmodo, and Discovery Education until the end of the school year, upon which the videos should be removed from the relevant platforms.
  • Please note, all videos uploaded to YouTube for the purpose of sharing a link on a closed educational platform must be designated as “Unlisted” (or not “Public”) when they are uploaded to YouTube to ensure a closed system.
  • Teachers and Educators may read and live stream Sourcebooks titles on YouTube, Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Twitter, or other live streaming platforms that are available to a closed school network. Live streams cannot be available to the public or recorded or permanently archived on any social media platforms. Live streams may be available for a 24-hour period after their initial recording. Please keep in mind that most social media platforms automatically archive live streams. After the 24-hour period has ended, all efforts must be made to ensure that all potential recordings and archives are deleted.
  • Reading and Reporting guidelines must be followed for all video posts and live streams.

Librarians and Booksellers
 
  • Librarians and Booksellers may include Sourcebooks titles in live reading events on YouTube, Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Twitter, or other live streaming platforms provided that said live events are not recorded or posted.
  • Live streaming events that include Sourcebooks titles cannot be recorded or permanently archived on any social media platforms. Live streams may be available for a 24-hour period after their initial recording. Please keep in mind that most social media platforms automatically archive live streams. After the 24-hour period has ended, all efforts must be made to ensure that all potential recordings and archives are deleted.
  • Reading and Reporting guidelines must be followed for all video posts and live streams.

Reading and Reporting Requirements
 
  • Start your reading with “Read by permission from Sourcebooks” and please be sure to read the name of the author and illustrator
  • Please notify us via email (addressed to marketing@sourcebooks.com ) when you post your reading or live stream your event. The email should include the following:
    • Name and address of the library, school, or store
    • Title, author and ISBN of the book that is read
    • Contact information for the individual responsible for the reading
    • The educational or social media platform on which the video or live event is posted or held and a link to that video or live event
  • Videos must be taken down by the end of the school year or June 30, 2020, whichever is later, unless permission to extend the term has been obtained from Sourcebooks.
 

 

Disney Publishing Worldwide

The below permission license from DPW is limited to our Disney Press imprint. Mo Willems has granted permission here and Ryan T. Higgins has granted permission here. The copyright for most of our Hyperion titles live with each author, so please check their website and/or social media posts. If you are still not sure about a title, please contact us at the email below.

With the increase in school closures, and many schools transitioning to remote learning, Disney Publishing Worldwide has received numerous requests from teachers across the country asking for permission to post readings of books online for their students to access. We support the efforts of educators and librarians who wish to provide remote learning at this time. Our permission is limited to Disney Press titles. If you are not sure which category a book falls into, please reach out to us at the following address: Dina.Sherman@Disney.com.

We ask that if you read a Disney Press book online for your students that you follow a few short guidelines:

  • Please note at the beginning of the video that you are reading with permission from Disney Publishing Worldwide, and please note the title of the book.
  • Please only post your video through your school’s private platform or through another closed group or platform with limited access for your students only.
  • Please delete your video or disable access by June 30, 2020.
  • Please send an email to Dina.Sherman@Disney.com with your name, school, city, state, and the title and of the book(s) you read online with a link to your video.
  • By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above guidelines.
  • These terms are in effect until June 30, 2020.

Please note that other organizations interested in posting videos of your Disney Press title reading will need to contact Dina.Sherman@Disney.com who will evaluate their request.

Thank you for all you are doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Kelli Meade

Hello,
My name is Kelli Meade and I would like to know if I can read, most of, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," to my fourth grade class? It is published by Puffin Books.
Thank you,
Kelli Meade

Posted : Apr 14, 2020 03:06


Isabel Salinas

Anyone know if Feiwel and Friends is granting permission for read alouds?

Posted : Apr 13, 2020 05:56


Felix Jones

I haven't reviewed all the comments, so apologize if this duplicates, but Albert Whitman also have a temporary covid 19 read aloud permission in place - details at this link https://www.albertwhitman.com/rights-permissions/recorded-readings-during-covid-19/
If anyone has any leads on getting permission from Faber and Faber I would be very grateful. I have some beautiful books I think my kindergartners would enjoy and currently apparently an 8-10 week wait for a reply.

Posted : Apr 10, 2020 06:38


Debbie Arenas

I'm a literacy specialist and would like to read aloud a G.P. Putnam's Sons book. Have they given permission during this time? Thank you

Posted : Apr 10, 2020 12:40


Debbie Arenas

Have G.P. Putnam's Sons given permission to read their books aloud? I can't seem to find the answer. Thank you

Posted : Apr 10, 2020 12:38


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