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Cen Campbell's picture

Public Performance Rights?

I did a digital storytelling demo for staff at my library system and was asked about copyright/public performance issues with using apps and iBooks in storytimes.  I had assumed that it would be the same as using a paper book.  Anyone know where I can find the rules where it says I'm allowed to use this stuff in my storytimes? (ps hope this is the right place to post)

Andrea Vernola's picture

Do application license agreements say anything about public performance? I can't check this one below right now because I'm on desk and don't have itunes installed on this computer.

But here's the link for the "Monster at the end of this book" app and there's a link to the "application license agreement" here as well.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monster-at-end-this-book...starring/id409...

 

 

Kiera Parrott's picture

This page on the Columbia Copyright site has some good informaiton (it pertains specifically to films and sound recordings, but I think the concepts can be applied to any work being shared): http://copyright.columbia.edu/copyright/fair-use/practical-applications/...

It states:

- Size matters. If you are showing the app to a large group of people and you are advertising that you'll be showing the app, that typically constitutes a "public performance" and as a result, it usually a violation of the copyright. But, if it is a relatively small group (like most storytimes) and if it is limited (say to registered participants only) than it is not considered public, and therefore not a violation of copyright.

- If it is in a teaching capacity in a non-profit institution, it usually falls under Fair Use. If you are using the app to demonstrate a concept or skill in the effort to educate storytime participants in a public library setting, that seems pretty clearly to fall under these guidelines. 

Hope that helps a bit! 

- Kiera

Cen Campbell's picture

Yeah, I figured Fair Use would apply but I wanted to make sure.  In case anyone is interested, I'm recording every stage of my digital storytelling project here: littleelit.com.  

 

Cen Campbell

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