Read Aloud Canadian Program FAQs

Can this temporary permission extend to other readers besides teachers and librarians?

The temporary permission is intended to support teachers and librarians in North America to deliver “online story-time” to students who are learning from home during the COVID-19 emergency. Others who may wish to take advantage of “online story-time” are encouraged to contact us at to learn about licensing options that may be available to them.

Are authors and illustrators able to read their own works or do they require separate permission?

Reading of works by authors and illustrators are not covered under this program. Authors who wish to read their own works online are advised to contact their publisher for guidance. Publishers who want to extend permission to authors and illustrators to read from their work online can contact for sample language that can be used to grant permission for this use.

Is the program open to publishers who do not belong to the Association of Canadian Publishers?

While the program was launched at the initiative of the Association of Canadian Publishers, participation in the program is open to all Access Copyright affiliates. Contact for more details or to opt-in.

Are self-published works covered under this program?

Yes, authors who have self-published works or own 100% of the copyright in any of their published works can opt-in to this program. Contact for more details or to opt-in.

Where can I find the list of books included in the program?

Each participating publisher and author has provided a list of titles that they are allowing to be used in the program. These are available by clicking on each publisher and author listed on the Access Copyright website here

In exchange for the waiver of licence fees related to the reading of all or part of select in-print books from participating publishers and authors, and the posting of the video recording online, you are required to provide the information requested here. You will not be charged any fees by Access Copyright or the Rightsholder in connection with the Read Aloud Canadian Program.

The book I want to read is not included on the publisher’s list. What do I do?

Access Copyright’s permissions team can help. Please email us at and provide the title, publisher and ISBN of the work and we’ll look into obtaining permission from the copyright holder. Please allow two to four business days to process your request.

Can I volunteer as a reader?

The permission applies to teachers and librarians based in North America. Teachers and librarians are free to choose books from the lists of included titles available here to read. Access Copyright and the Association of Canadian Publishers are not responsible for directing readings, selecting titles, or connecting performers with teachers and librarians.

Is a similar program available for French-language books?

Yes, Copibec, the reproduction-rights organization in Quebec, is offering the opportunity for online story-time to Quebec educators, and waiving its licence fees. Those who wish to read aloud a story by Quebec rightsholders can request to do so by contacting Copibec at

Can I live-stream a reading?

While the program does not allow public live-streaming of readings, a video recording of a reading of titles available for use under the program can be made available in any of the following ways:

  • Posted to a teacher or librarian’s school’s password-protected platform or within a closed group or password-protected platform; or if either these options is not possible;
  • Posted to YouTube as an “unlisted” video.

If you were wishing to live-stream a reading, please contact the rightsholders of the work directly to request permission.

What am I required to do when posting a reading?

At the beginning of your reading, please mention the author, illustrator and publisher of the work you are about to read from. Please also state that you are presenting your reading “with permission from Access Copyright on behalf of the Publisher”.