Wednesday, October 8, 2008

video booktalks

Now on that same page on Scholastic's website www.scholastic.com/librarians/ab/booktalks.htm , they also have video booktalks. I could show my students the video booktalks. Again though we have to think about copyrights. On their website Scholastic says "Now you can watch quick video versions of booktalks performed by Scholastic staff members. They're a fun, visual way to get your students excited about reading." Do these sentences give us permission to show the video booktalks to our students? What do you think? Although the video booktalks are listed on the same page as the booktalks we are able to use in our presentations, the permission given for those booktalks only include our "live verbal presentation". As far as acknowledgement, Scholastic has their name above the video, shown several times during the video, and has copyright information near the video screen so they would definitely be getting acknowledgement for the video. Scholastic doesn't say you are free to show these video booktalks to your students. However does Scholastic give us enough information that we can assume it is ok to use them with our students? They do say "They're a fun, visual way to get your students excited about reading." To me that implies that Scholastic wants us to show them to our students.

4 comments:

STOCKER said...

Scholastic would be more clear if you could use the booktalks...considering they make it clear about "live presentation." They probably just want to inspire you being they are an educational website (unlike a commercial artist that their inspiration for one is profit for them)

Alicia said...

I think that Scholastic is giving permission to use both the written and video booktalks in a classroom setting. The "live verbal presentation" would be the class itself, not the format of the book talk. Perhaps they do not want these book talks placed on teacher's web sites for instance.

Cyndy said...

I hadn't thought of the "live verbal presentation" meaning the class itself. My interpretation was that it meant I was giving the booktalk in a "live verbal presentation". Another reason copyrights can be so confusing because of the interpretations of the wording.

Carla Brown said...

I think that long as the video presentation is used for teaching purposes, it should be ok. That is what fair use statute 17 tells us, doesn't it?