Mar 31

Open Licences and Permissions for Virtual Storytimes

In the current climate of uncertainty surrounding school closures and access to books, Hachette New Zealand are pleased to advise we will be granting free permissions for online story-time events in order to continue to support schools, bookshops and public libraries. Access to books for children is now both more crucial and less certain than ever. For that reason, Hachette is permitting authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians and booksellers to host read-aloud experiences across digital platforms, as outlined by the guidelines here:

General Guidelines

Guidelines for teachers, librarians, booksellers, authors and illustrators providing content for children from 31st March to 30th September 2020:

  • Announce the title of the book and the name of the author and/or illustrator as part of each video
  • Notify us via email (addressed to when a story-time or read-aloud video or live event is posted or streamed online, providing the following information:
    • Name and address of the library, school, or shop
    • Title, author and ISBN of the book
    • 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

Guidelines for Educational Settings

School story-time or classroom read-aloud videos in which in which a Hachette NZ book is read aloud and the book is displayed may only be created and posted to closed educational platforms.

These storytime and classroom read-aloud videos may be hosted on the educational platform until the end of September 2020, after which they must be removed from the educational platform, unless this permission is extended by formal agreement

Guidelines for Public Libraries

For authors, illustrators, booksellers and librarians who wish to provide a story-time reading or other read-aloud experience to young people who would otherwise visit the library or bookshop in person:

  • Story time or read-aloud live events in which a Hachette NZ book is read out loud and the book is displayed may be streamed live, in real time, on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitter, and Instagram
  • These story-time or read-aloud live events may not be maintained in the archive of the social media platform and appropriate measures should be taken to ensure that videos of the live events are not retained. Because these platforms automatically archive live events by default, when your event has concluded, please locate the recorded live video in your account (YouTube,Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and delete it.

From now until the 30th of September 2020, the abovementioned groups will be permitted to share read-aloud videos and live events on closed educational platforms, or streamed temporarily on live platforms. If, necessary this date maybe extended.

For clarity, this permission does not cover commercial use of the readings. If you are planning to charge for any use of these recordings, please contact to seek a formal agreement.

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