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Re: Copyright Options - Creative Commons?


I had similar questions about traditional practices, and my students and I came up with this solution:

Jack Dougherty and Candace Simpson, “Who Owns Oral History? A Creative Commons Solution,” in Oral History in the Digital Age, ed. Doug Boyd et al. (Washington, DC: Institute of Library and Museum Services, 2012), http://ohda.matrix.msu.edu/2012/06/a-creative-commons-solution/.

Re: Copyright Options - Creative Commons?

I would suggest you pick up a copy of A Guide to Oral History and the Law - 2nd Edition, by John A. Neuenschwander, Oxford University Press, 2014. I am a lawyer as well and this is an excellent legal guide that has a chapter dedicated to Creative Commons versus copyright, the options for copyright, and how to do it on your own. My review of this book will be forthcoming shortly in OHR. I hope this helpful.

Patrick Russell
Making History Project

Copyright Options - Creative Commons?

Independent oral historian here looking for clarifying resources on pursuing copyright. In my interview agreement, narrators assign copyright to me and dedicate the future deposit of their oral history to an already designated archive. I'm curious as to the further steps I may need to make in formalizing copyright for any publicized work with these oral histories. I'm finding an affinity for the values of Creative Commons, but see the room for ethical conflicts in the potential sharing and reuse of publications without narrators' explicit permission.

Charlton Oral History Research Grant - Baylor University Institute for Oral History

The Baylor University Institute for Oral History invites individual scholars with training and experience in oral history research who are conducting oral history interviews to apply for support of up to $3,000 for summer 2017 and the 2017-2018 academic year. With this grant, the Institute seeks to partner with one scholar who is using oral history to address new questions and offer fresh perspectives on a subject area in which the research method has not yet been extensively applied. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural research on local, national, or international subjects is welcome.