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.
Be sure to check out Oral History Copyright and Beyond – Related Resources to access the materials Jonathan references.
Participant questions included:
- What are some of the copyright basics that we need to be familiar with as people who are going into oral history work?
- Who controls the copyright of the interview if it is technically a tangible, fixed work?
- In today’s world of the internet, does it matter if an oral history product is available online or not?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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!