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How to make Kamishibai videos while respecting copyright

More and more kamishibaiya bagpipes dare to record their Kamishibai sessions on video and share them through Instagram or YouTube. It's a fantastic idea, especially in those cases where physical attendance is not possible. However, a question always arises... what about copyright?

The big difference between a picture album and a Kamishibai story is that the latter has an unmistakable social purpose. It is designed to be told to an audience, to be heard in every corner of the planet and by all kinds of audiences. These audiences were originally children in a village square, or students in a classroom. But with the rise of digital video in social networks added to various situations of social distancing, more and more the gaito kamishibaiya audience is virtual. And that's where the first big dilemma comes in... what happens to copyrights if I record myself telling a Kamishibai story and broadcast it through YouTube or Instagram?

Communication rights of our Kamishibai stories

Every time you tell or show to an audience an artistic creation by one or more authors (even if it is your very own work), communication rights are involved. So that we don't get lost, they have nothing to do with making a photocopy of a Kamishibai story card, downloading a Kamishibai story in pdf or adapting a picture album like Elmer, the Multicoloured Elephant, to Kamishibai format.

Public communication rights are always present in a Kamishibai session, whether it is on-site or virtual. But this right raises more doubts when we embark on being virtual gaitos kamishibaiyas. Let's try to solve some doubts that often arise.

Can I record myself telling a Kamishibai story with music, upload it to YouTube or Instagram and share it with my students?

The answer is... yes and no. But instead of getting confused by legal terminology, here's how to sum it up: you can, but only when there's no profit involved. If this is the case, you are free to use our Kamishibai stories and their illustrations, music, cut-out puppets, miniature cards, etc. In return, it will be great if you mention the Kamishibai Universe at some point in the video, in the way that suits you best. That's all we ask of you ;)

We run a language academy and intend to offer videos of our Kamishibai storytelling to our students for them to practice at home.

Fantastic idea! One would think that there is a profit motive, but not with the videos themselves, which is why one would consider it a learning support. So, go ahead! Remember to mention us in some way so that your videos help promote the Kamishibai Universe.

Can I narrate a Kamishibai story with different music than the one created for the story?

We can't guarantee communication rights for works that have not been published by us, even if there is no profit motive. In this case, if the music you've chosen is copyrighted, you must contact the record company/publisher of the music and ask their permission.

Platforms like YouTube have bots that analyze the audio of your videos for copyright infringement. If your video becomes popular, they will probably notify the publisher, who will decide if your video can have that music or not. If you want some advice, if you are not going to use our music, better choose a royalty-free music ;) Nevertheless, we suggest you to take a look at the 5 common mistakes made when using music with your Kamishibai so that your use of the music is not only legal, but also dramatically appropriate.

¿Puedo utilizar las ilustraciones de vuestros cuentos Kamishibai para contar un cuento diferente?

Una vez más… sí y no. Sí podéis siempre que no haya ánimo de lucro y siempre que no generéis con ellas ningún contenido ofensivo o discriminatorio. Nuestros cuentos tienen unos objetivos de aprendizaje muy definidos, nos encantará que los vuestros también los tengan. ¡Ah! Y no olvidéis mencionarnos en el video de la forma que mejor os convenga.

¿Puedo usar vuestras imágenes, músicas o textos para algo que no sea un cuento Kamishibai?

Una vez más, si no existe ánimo de lucro, sí, aunque con un gran “pero”. Deberéis mencionar a su autor explícitamente cada vez que mostréis una imagen suya, uséis un trozo de su música o citéis algún texto suyo. Nos parece algo muy razonable y tened por seguro que su autor os estará tremendamente agradecido.

¿Y qué pasa si tengo ánimo de lucro?

En ese caso dependerá mucho de si tus sesiones Kamishibai van a ser presenciales o virtuales. Ponte en contacto con nosotros y cuéntanos más al respecto de tu proyecto. ¡Nos encantará ayudarte!

Seguro que se nos han quedado muchas preguntas en el tintero. ¡Adelante, háznoslas más abajo en los comentarios! Nos encantaría que este post estuviera en constante evolución.

Y si consideras que te hemos aportado algo de valor, no olvides darle al me gusta y compartirlo con aquellos gaitos que puedan estar interesados.

¡Hasta nuestro próximo artículo!

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