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Poems and Fingerplay Copyright

Some teachers from a local church are writing curriculum for a school in Liberia and would like to include some poems and fingerplays that are on your library's website. They are concerned about copyright issues, and I was unable to find copyright information with the resources at the URL /teller/poemsa.html. Are these poems and fingerplays public domain? If not, do you know where I can find copyright information for them? Rebecca Kilby Reference Librarian USC Upstate


Thu, 2011-10-06 13:47

As far as I have been able to determine, the fingerplays/poems on our webpage are public domain. Many of the titles also appear on the Preschool Education website and there it indicates "original author unknown." These titles have been on our website for many years and no one has questioned the copyright on any of them. I think you are safe to include them in the curriuclum the church is planning for the school in Liberia. I have used many of the fingerplays in my storytimes and kids love them. I am glad the Canton Public Library could assist you!