Documentation and archiving the performing arts
Issues of Intellectual Property Rights and Intangible Cultural Heritage

Is your Oral History Legal and Ethical?

By Alan Ward
Oral History Society

This simple guide is for people who record oral history interviews, and organisations and individuals who keep collections of oral history recordings in the United Kingdom. The guide covers topics of ownership of seperate copyright, duration and scope of copyright, copyright and the internet and moral rights of performers. Ward also lays out practical steps to good practise for interviews and provides a FAQ section for quick reference.

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Welcome

Welcome to this online resource for Intellectual Property rights for those who work on documenting and archiving the performing arts.  This website was created for a workshop Documentation and archiving the performing arts :Issues of Intellectual Property Rights and Intangible Cultural Heritage organised by the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology of the American Institute of Indian Studies, and supported by the Ford Foundation (See the Workshop Report section for more details).

This website is our commitment to carrying on the work achieved over the week long workshop and sharing it with a wider public in the long term and creating a permanent resource. This website aggregates information on issues faced by all of us who work with intangible cultural heritage– be it in music, theatre or other forms of cultural expression.We have brought together a range of useful articles and resources that highlight best practice models in areas of Research and Documentation, the Music Industry, Indian Copyright Law and Alternate Copyright models, as well as discussions on individual and community rights.

We have included in the FORMS section a set of “best practices" documents, which came out of our 5-day workshop. These forms can be used as a template by organizations or individuals dealing with the complex legal, moral and ethical issues of Intellectual property rights.

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Shubha Chaudhuri
Director
Archives & Research Centre for Ethnomusicology. American Institute of Indian Studies

 
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Workshop

Issues of rights and ownership of cultural materials have been at the heart of documentation and audio visual archiving for many years. However in recent times, the advances in media, digitization and dissemination through the Internet have brought urgency to these issues in an unprecedented fashion.

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The Shifting Ethics of Intellectual Property

Anthony Seeger
Smithsonian Institute
Yearbook for Traditional Music Vol. 28, 1996 pp 87-105

This article makes a number of practical suggestions for ethnomusicologist to consider, to ensure that the music of the peoples they work with is accorded similar treatment to that of commerical artists, aswell as ensuring that collected materials will survive into the next century.

 
A Handbook of India Copyright Act, 1957

Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India produced this handbook as an attempt to provide clarifications on most of the issues relating to copyright law and its enforcement in a question – answer format

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WIPO Database

This database comprises examples of codes, guides, policies, protocols and standard agreements relating to the recording, digitization and dissemination of intangible cultural heritage, with an emphasis on intellectual property issues

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Fair Dealing and Fair Use on Copyright Law

By Pan Mohamad Faiz
February 08th, 2007

A Comparative Study under Copyright Law of India, United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Germany.

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Law & Ethics: Do You Copy?

By Barbara Hoffman

This article was published in Museum News January/February 2005. Published by the American Association of Museums, this article lays out the considerations and principles Museums should adopt while copying, adapting and distributing what they own.

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