April 20, 2018

Liven Up Your Web Site with Sample Audio Clips

Something I learned at Digipalooza’s Publisher Roundtable, in which reps from BBC Audiobooks America, Books on Tape, Brilliance Audio, HarperCollins Publishers, and John Wiley & Sons participated: You can legally excerpt up to three minutes of any audio clip. So that, say, jazzing up your site with this exactly-three-minute-long clip of the LJ Best Seller Three Cups of Tea (Tantor Media), here narrated by Audie Award finalist Patrick Landor, would be perfectly kosher.



  1. pamela taylor says:

    Thank you! I am working up my first web page for my high school and elementary lbraries and I will take this idea and use it. I appreciate your sharing!

  2. No criticism but is there a references to something more substantive, than “I heard at a meeting” so it must be true. Maybe an ALA fair-use guideline or something else to refer to

  3. Raya Kuzyk, LJ says:

    Section 4.2.1 of the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia, guidelines rooted in the “fair use” clause of the 1976 Copyright Law and issued by a House of Representatives subcommittee in 1996: “Up to 10% or 3 minutes, whichever is less, in the aggregate of a copyrighted motion media work may be reproduced or otherwise incorporated as part of a multimedia project…”