Sunday, March 31, 2013


Last Thursday, I sent a message to Teachers pay Teachers requesting permission to produce the Teachers pay Teachers Podcast. In the interest of total transparency, I've included an exact quote of my inquiry below.
I've been with TpT since September of 2007, and I have benefited from being a member for many years. In addition to continuing to share resources and earn supplemental income through the site, I'd like to become a more active member of the community. It is my wish to use my talents to create a TpT podcast to showcase the work of my fellow teacher-authors. Please visit to see some of my thoughts from over the past few weeks. May I have your permission to continue with this endeavor? If I'm going to do this well, I'd like to have your support and input. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Do I need permission from TpT? Well, it depends on what kind of podcast I want to produce. Technically, I could develop a podcast that features teacher-authors and their work and call it almost anything I like as long as I don't leave the impression to my viewers that I'm associated with the company. According to the Creative Commons "Podcasting Legal Guide," a registered trademark such as TeachersPayTeachers can be violated in two ways: direct infringement and dilution. Obviously, I'm not planning on infringing upon anyone's trademark, and dilution is not going to be an issue because my goal is to promote the TpT company and its sellers' work.

For me, the question is not whether or not I need permission. I want permission from Mr. Edelman and anyone else in the position to make decisions for the company. Remember, I am part of TeachersPayTeachers too, and I want it to continue to be a blessing to me and all of my teacher-author colleagues.

As far as the podcast is concerned, permission would offer the following:

  • Confidence and validation,
  • Security,
  • Access to future communications, and 
  • Opportunities for marketing and growth.
Will they say, "yes" or "no"? I guess you'll have to wait until the next post to find out.

Thanks for reading.


  1. What's your store on TPT? I think you've even been there longer than I have, which feels like forever!

    Tammy - Teaching FSL

  2. Madame Aiello, You can find out how long you've been on TpT by going to your Dashboard and clicking on "All Time" for your earnings report. Look at the top-left, and you'll see the date range beginning with the date on which you began.

    Ash - The Bonus Point Band