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What if interviewee wants to withdraw his interview?

Dear all,

I would like to find out has anyone came across interviewee decided to withdraw his interview after recording has been done (either still in-progress or completed interview)?  The interviewee did not sign an agreement.

Would like to have your views/ practices on the following:

1/ to destroy the recording;

2/ to preserve the recording, but not releasing to the public nor researcher till 75 yrs later (pertaining to some copyright law); 

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.