J.K. Rowling relaxes copyright rules for teachers to share ‘Harry Potter’ read-aloud videos with students during school closures
Many teachers have been trying to find creative ways to share with their students while schools are shut down due to the coronavirus
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling said on Friday that videos of teachers reading her popular series can be shared online without worrying about copyright infringement, according to Forbes magazine.
“Delighted to help teachers reach kids at home by relaxing the usual licence required to post videos of themselves reading Harry Potter books,” Rowling wrote on Twitter.
Teachers have been trying to find creative ways to share with their students while schools are shut down due to the novel coronavirus, according to NBC News.
Posting videos of reading books aloud is prohibited under copyright law without permission from the author or publisher of the book, according to NBC.
Teachers are now allowed to share videos of themselves reading from the “Harry Potter” series on secure school networks or closed educational platforms until the end of the school year, according to the release from Rowling’s official website. Other guidelines for teachers can also be found at her site.
The new policy is one of “several initiatives” that are in the works to “help bring Harry Potter to children at home,” according to Rowling’s website, which adds that more details will be coming soon.