Copyright and Intellectual Property

Important copyright considerations:

  • When performing a story via telephone, US copyright law recognizes two copyrights: one for the underlying story itself, and one for the recorded audio performance.
  • Using a story from our Storytime Commons?  We've ensured that all stories and audio are either in the public domain (no copyright holder) or legally licensed to us by the copyright holder for our libraries' use.
  • As a public library, you can also record additional stories under copyright for your own library's use under the copyright doctrine of "fair use."  The Programming Librarian website has a fantastic resource explaining "fair use" provisions.