About Oral Histories and Other Sound Recordings
(© 2016, Gretchen McCord)*

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What does copyright law say about oral histories?
What about other types of sound recordings, like a recording of a meeting?

What kind of permission do we need to have to post oral histories or other sound recordings?

How long does copyright in a sound recording last?

Who owns the copyright in an oral history?

Who created protectable content?

What about the person making the recording?

Does the copyright belong to the interviewer or the library?

How can both the narrator and the interviewer own the copyright?

What if the narrator has died?

What if we have a release from the narrator?

If the narrator is the sole copyright owner, does the library have any rights in the oral history?

Can we create transcripts from oral history recordings?

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