J.K. Rowling and her agents The Blair Partnership have relaxed the usual copyright permissions of the Harry Potter series to allow teachers to post videos of themselves reading aloud from the books.
Keen to support the efforts of teachers who are working to provide home learning, the new licence is open until the end of the school year (July 2020). The relaxed permissions permit teachers anywhere in the world to post videos of themselves reading from Harry Potter books 1-7.
Teachers are still required to follow a set of guidelines which are available here. These include notifying the agents of when you post a story and for videos to only be hosted on your school’s secure network or in closed educational platforms.
The open licence for teachers is the first of several initiatives being planned to help bring Harry Potter to children at home.
For more information and to see the latest Harry Potter initiatives, click here.
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