May 17, 2022

Small-Town Librarian Takes On Sony–and Wins

This is the type of story that often does not have the same outcome. Very IMPRESSIVE work by a very determined librarian, Abbe Klebanoff.

From Blogging Censorship (National Coalition Against Censorship):

Don’t mess with Abbe Klebanoff, the head of public services for Pennsylvania’s Lansdowne Public Library. She encouraged teens to create a music video called “Read It” to the music of Michael Jackson’s song, “Beat It,” and posted it on YouTube. What followed was predictable—Sony objected and took it down, claiming copyright infringement.

The passionate Klebanoff, who spent weeks helping the teens compose the three-minute video (and spent much of her free time editing it), defended it as parody and fair use. She spent Monday, November 27 traveling to Manhattan on her own dime to plead with Sony officials. They finally caved when the local media and Good Morning America told her story.

The remainder of the blog post has Abbe, in her own words, telling the entire story. Plus, you can view the “Read It” video.

See Also: Lansdowne library spoof of ‘Beat It’ restored to YouTube (via

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.