Copyright during COVID-19

 

Update to the book industry agreement on copyright for virtual storytimes

25 September 2020

ALIA, the Australian Publishers Association and Australian Society of Authors made an industry agreement at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, which gave libraries in Australia assurance that they could livestream and record storytimes using children’s picture books for the period of the WHO-declared pandemic without being called out for breach of copyright.  

The industry agreement will extend until 31 December 2020, meaning that it will continue to be the policy of the Australian Publishers Association and the Australian Society of Authors that its members allow libraries to conduct virtual storytimes without any need for specific permission or payment. However, some publishers are now restricting their participation to livestreamed storytimes only, and others have introduced reporting requirements. Please check the publishers’ websites for their individual terms.

 

ALIA negotiates special agreement on copyright

18 March 2020

Books Create Australia, the collaboration between the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced a special arrangement for library storytimes during the COVID-19 outbreak. For the duration of the pandemic, virtual storytimes will be sanctioned by an industry agreement. It is the policy of the Boards of the APA and ASA that their members suspend any requirements for copyright permission to be sought, in order to allow libraries to make recording or livestream storytimes so children aren’t denied this important and much-loved service. This policy is temporary and will remain in force whilst COVID-19 remains as a WHO-declared pandemic. For more information see the news release. 

[Update: 23/03/20] This agreement was made specifically with public library programs in mind. Schools are already able to operate online under the Statutory Education Licence.

 

copyright guidance for libraries during the covid-19 shutdown

As Australia ramps up its isolation policies in response to COVID-19, many libraries and archives are considering what they can do to keep supplying clients after their doors are closed to the public.

The good news is that Australian copyright law gives libraries, archives, museums and galleries clear rights to provide remote access to materials in many circumstances. The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee, of which ALIA is a founder member, has put together this blog post to help all Australian cultural institutions navigate remote supply over the coming months.

 

Public library virtual storytimes 

Public libraries are hosting virtual storytimes around the nation.  If you are hosting a virtual storytime please email us a link to media@alia.org.au

ALIA has created an FAQ on virtual storytimes

State/Territory

LOCATION

LINK

ACT

LOCATION

LINK

ACT

Libraries ACT

Online storytime

NSW

LOCATION

LINK

NSW Albury City Libraries

Virtual storytimes

Toddler time

NSW

Bathurst Library

Virtual storytime 

Also offering online craft sessions 

NSW Bayside Library Virtual storytime 

NSW

Bega Valley Shire Library

Online storytime 

NSW Berrigan Shire Library Service Online storytime 

NSW

Blacktown City Libraries

Virtual storytime 

NSW Bland Shire Library Virtual online 
NSW Blue Mountains Library Virtual storytime 
NSW Burwood Library  Online storytime 
NSW Campbelltown City Library Virtual storytime 
NSW Camden Libraries Virtual storytime 
NSW Central Coast Library Service Online storytime 

NSW

Central West Libraries

Storytime at home 

NSW

Cessnock City Library

Virtual storytime 

NSW City of Canterbury Bankstown  Virtual storytime

NSW

City of Parramatta Libraries

Story time-now online 

NSW City of Sydney Libraries Online storytime 
NSW Clarence Regional Library Virtual storytime 
NSW Coffs Harbour Libraries Virtual storytime 

NSW

Cumberland Library Service

Virtual storytime 

NSW Georges River Libraries  Virtual storytime 
NSW Greater Hume Council Libraries Virtual storytime 
NSW Griffith City Library Virtual storytime 
NSW Hawkesbury Library Service  Virtual storytime 
NSW Hills Shire Library Service  Online storytime 
NSW Junee Shire Library Virtual storytime 
NSW Kempsey Shire Library Virtual storytime 
NSW Kiama Library Online storytime 
NSW Ku-ring-gai Library Online storytime 

NSW

Lane Cove Library

Online storytime 

NSW

Leeton Shire Library

Online storytime 

NSW Livepool City Library Virtual storytime 

NSW

Macquarie Regional Library

Virtual storytime 

NSW MidCoast Libraries Virtual storytimes 

NSW

Mid North Coast Co-operative Library Service

Online storytime 

NSW

Mid-Western Regional Council Library 

Online storytime 

NSW

Mosman Library Service

Virtual storytime 

NSW Nambucca Valley Libraries Online storytime 
NSW Northern Beaches Council Online storytime 
NSW Parkes Shire Libraries Virtual storytime 
NSW Penrith City Library Virtual storytime 
NSW Port Stephens Library Virtual storytime 
NSW Queanbeyan-Palerang Libraries Virtual storytime 
NSW Riverina Regional Library Service Online storytime 
NSW Singleton Public Library Virtual storytime 
NSW Shellharbour City Libraries Virtual storytime 
NSW Shoalhaven Libraries Virtual storytime 

NSW

State Library of NSW

Virtual storytime 

NSW Stanton Library Virtual storytime 
NSW Sutherland Shire Libraries Virtual storytime 
NSW

Upper Hunter Regional Library 

Virtual storytime 

NSW

Wagga Wagga City Library

The show must go on

NSW

Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library

Virtual storytime 

NSW Wentworth Shire Libraries Online storytime 
NSW Willoughby City Library  Virtual storytime 
NSW Woollahra Libraries Virtual storytime 
NSW Wollondilly Library Virtual storytime 
NSW Wollongong City Libraries Virtual storytime 

NT

LOCATION

LINK

NT Alice Springs Public Library Virtual storytime 
NT City of Darwin Libraries  Virtual storytime 

NT

City of Palmerston Library

Virtual storytime 

QLD

LOCATION

LINK

QLD Brisbane City Council Libraries  Virtual storytime 

QLD

Bundaberg Library

Virtual storytime 

QLD Burdekin Library Virtual storytime 
QLD  Cardwell Library Virtual storytime 

QLD

Cassowary Coast Libraries

Story time online

QLD

Fraser Coast Libraries

Virtual storytime 

QLD Gladstone Regional Libraries Virtual storytime
QLD Gold Coast Libraries Virtual Storytime 
QLD Gympie Regional Libraries Online storytime 
QLD  Ipswich Libraries Online storytime 

QLD

Livingstone Shire Library

First online storytime 

QLD Logan City Council Libraries Virtual storytime 

QLD

Lockyer Valley Libraries

Virtual storytimes 

QLD Mackay Regional Council Libraries Virtual storytime 
QLD Mareeba Shire Library Service Online storytime 
QLD  Moreton Bay Region Libraries Online storytime 

QLD 

Noosa Library Service

Online storytime 

QLD State Library of QLD Virtual storytime 
QLD Tablelands Libraries Virtual storytime 
QLD Townsville City Libraries Virtual storytime 
QLD Western Downs Libraries Online storytime 
QLD Whitsunday Regional Libraries Virtual storytime 

SA

LOCATION

LINK

SA

Adelaide City Libraries

Virtual storytime 

SA 

City of Charles Sturt Library Service

Virtual storytime 

SA City of Marion Libraries Online storytime 
SA City of PAE Libraries Online storytime 
SA City of Tea Tree Gully Online storytime 
SA  City of Playford Library Service Virtual storytime 

SA

Hamra Centre Library

Virtual storytime 

SA

Mount Gambier Library

Virtual storytime 

SA Onkaparinga Libraries   Online storytime 
SA Payneham Library Craft at home sessions 
SA Playford Library Service Virtual storytime 

SA

Walkerville Library

Baby Bounce online 

Virtual Baby Bounce – Monday mornings

Virtual Toddler Time – Wednesday mornings

Virtual Storytime – Friday mornings

TAS LOCATION

LINK

TAS Libraries Tasmania Virtual storytime 

VIC

LOCATION

LINK

VIC

Bayside Library Service

Storytime online 

VIC Boroondara Library Service Virtual storytime 
VIC Brimbank Libraries  Virtual storytimes 

VIC

City of Melbourne Libraries

Virtual storytime

YouTube link

VIC

Eastern Regional Libraries

Storytime Live

VIC Frankston City Libraries  Virtual storytime 

VIC

Geelong Regional Libraries

Your library at home 

Virtual storytime 

VIC

HobsonsBay Libraries

Virtual storytime 

VIC

Hume Libraries

Virtual storytime 

VIC 

Kingston Libraries

Virtual storytime 

VIC

Maribyrnong Library Service

Maribyrnong Library Service - Story Time Online #1

VIC

Maryborough Regional Library

Virtual storytime and crafts

VIC

Moonee Valley Libraries

Toddler time 

VIC State Library Victoria Storytime 

VIC

Stonnington Library and Information Service

Virtual storytime

VIC

Wangaratta Library

Virtual storytime 

VIC

West Gippsland Libraries

Online storytime 

VIC Wyndham City Libraries Online storytime 
  Yarra Libraries 

Stay-At-Home Story Times

Stay-At-Home Sensitive Story Times

Stay-At-Home Rhyme Times

Stay-At-Home Baby Times

Baby Story Time Podcast

VIC

Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service

Facebook live storytime 

WA

LOCATION

LINK

WA Albany Public Library Online storytime 

WA 

Bibdoon Library

Rhyme time

The Wonky Donkey

Edward the Emu

Alpacas with Maracas

WA Broome Public Library Virtual storytime 
WA City of Armadale Libraries  Virtual storytime 
WA City of Kalamunda Libraries  Virtual storytime 
WA City of Bunbury Library  Online storytime 

WA

City of Canning Libraries

Virtual storytime 

WA 

City of Karratha Libraries 

Virtual storytime 

WA City of Mandurah Online storytime 
WA City of Perth Library Online storytime 
WA  City of Rockingham Libraries Online storytime 

WA

City of South Perth Libraries 

Digital storytime 

WA City of Stirling  Virtual storytime 
WA City of Wanneroo Library Service Virtual storytime 
WA Cockburn Libraries

Virtual storytime 

STEAM club online 

WA Murray Library Virtual storytime and CodeClub Online
WA  Ruth Faulkner Library Virtual storytime 

WA

Shire of Harvey Libraries

Storytime session 1 

WA State Library of Western Australia (Better Beginnings) Virtual storytime 
WA Subiaco Library  Virtual storytime 

New copyright agreement to support virtual storytimes in schools

Following on from a copyright agreement negotiated by ALIA, the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Society of Authors, and the National Copyright Unit have announced a new copyright agreement for schools. This agreement allows schools to host virtual storytimes for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

This page is accurate as of 23 October and will be updated as needed