Connor, Seymour V 1957

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Dr. Seymour V. Connor, former director of the Southwest Collection, speaks of literary property and how common law protection hampers archival activities. This was a practice for a speech delivered to the Society of American Archivists in Columbus, Ohio, in 1957.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Seymour V. Connor

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Date: 1957

Location: Lubbock, Texas


Length: 25 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Definition of literary property concept, Legal protection of literary property outlined, Common law summarized, Copyright (statutory) law presented in brief, Doctrine of fair use, Distinguishes between literary property and unprotected works of men, Rights concerning literary property presented as fundamentals, Concepts of literary property evolve, Points to problems for archivists, Analyzes the question of "general publication", Archives put materials into public domain, Gives example from Texas Tech University Southwest Collection, Separates literary property concept from physical property, Points to the fact that an archive, legally, cannot accept physical artifacts without permission of the writers or their heirs or assignees, Lists possible solutions, Common sense in legal interpretations, A bogus solution of restricting archival materials except by the rightful owner, Extend doctrine of abandonment, Put a limit on time in which common law applies

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1957

Bulk Dates: 1957

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