Romney, Joseph and Bill Weinberg 1972-11-10

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Joseph Romney and Bill Weinberg discuss legal problems in oral history at a session of the Seventh National Colloquium in Oral History, sponsored by the Oral History Association and held at the University of Texas at Austin, November 1972.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Joseph Romney and Bill Weinberg

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: November 10, 1972

Location: Austin, Texas

Interviewer: Oral History Association

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Points made by Romney: Avoidance of legal problems, Have a happy interviewee, Oral history has built-in advantages, Usually, only professionals will use the tapes, employing professional ethics, Edit out problems, Consult legal counsel, Areas of law affecting oral history, Contracts—points to include, Literary property rights and copyrights, Civil libel—conditions necessary, Right of privacy, Criminal liability, Explains that most problems are avoidable, Points made by Weinberg:, Emphasizes importance of preventative law, Anticipate and avoid problems, Four points to remember, Adapt your thinking to your particular program, If a problem is foreseen, ask a lawyer, Use common sense, Avoid ambiguity, Four areas where oral history intersects with the law, Collection of materials.

Tape 1, Side 2: Four areas where oral history intersects with the law (continued), Collection of materials, Have a written agreement, Storage and copying, Be aware of libelous material, Understand copyright law, Use caution in permitting copies to be made, Publication, Use additional care, Arrangements with other institutions, Have a written agreement specifying, ownership rights, Summarizes main points, Question and answer session, What constitutes publication explained, Potential problems in allowing copies to be made.

Range Dates: November 1972

Bulk Dates: November 1972

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