Webinar on Oral Histories and Copyright, the IRB, and Other Ethical Considerations, Dr. Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller, Director of the Olin Library at Rollins College, talks about issues of copyright in oral histories. Miller’s main takeaways? Plan ahead and get it in writing. Watch/listen to his webinar below for tips on how to navigate the murky waters of copyright.

pointingright Be sure to check out Oral History Copyright and Beyond – Related Resources to access the materials Jonathan references.

Participant questions included:

  1. What are some of the copyright basics that we need to be familiar with as people who are going into oral history work?
  2. Who controls the copyright of the interview if it is technically a tangible, fixed work?
  3. In today’s world of the internet, does it matter if an oral history product is available online or not?
  4. What happens if there is a consent form saying the material will be stored in a digital repository, but it doesn’t specify how that material might be used in the future?
  5. Potential commercial value or profit often plays into people’s choices to provide access, and if it’s content that could be potentially profitable — say somebody with a high profile — that kind of complicates things. How does this relate to personality rights — the idea of somebody’s public persona being controlled?
  6. What about when someone wants to remain anonymous, or remain anonymous up to a certain point?

Thanks so much to Jonathan for this enlightening talk!

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