[Community_studios] [Fwd: Library Question - Answer [Question #895539]]
tompoe at fiai.net
Tue Jun 28 15:35:52 EDT 2005
I bet you folks didn't know, but there's some reason to believe that the
Library of Congress is dabbling in the fine art of claiming copyright to
works that otherwise are supposed to be residing in our country's public
domain. The answer below, is a first attempt to flesh out the details
on this little "trick". Will keep you posted.
I was not expecting the related issue of access by the general public to
listening rooms. This issue could, indeed, be explosive, at least from
my personal perspective. Years ago, I resigned myself to public
libraries restricting access to medical/scientific publications, but I
never, ever expected to come up against someone restricting access to
public domain music.
From: rsrc at loc.gov
To: tompoe at fiai.net
Subject: Library Question - Answer [Question #895539]
Date: 28 Jun 2005 14:05:46 -0400
Hello Tom Poe
Patron: Your site appears to offer 30 second samples of music. If I visit the library, personally, will I find that I can only listen to 30 second samples?
Thanks for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Librarian 2: This is in response to your questions about 30 second samples of music available in online exhibits. Your inquiry was forwarded to the Recorded Sound Reference Center by the Music Division.
Because you sent your question directly to the Music Division, I assume that you are referring to the recordings in the "I hear America singing," online exhibit. Due to copyright laws, songs from the twentieth century are not represented by very many items on the Web site. While every effort has been made to obtain permission to use these songs or portions of these songs, in some cases this has not been possible. Therefore, there may be no recordings or paper items to illustrate those songs, although there will still be text on the history of these songs.
In several cases, the rights’ owners of the materials have given permission to only use a portion of the material online. In those instances, only 30 seconds is used from a sound recording, and one or two pages from print or manuscript materials.
Complete recordings are used in the online exhibits in the American Memory section of the Library's web site. Online exhibits with complete recordings can be accessed at < http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListSome.php?format=Sound+Recording >.
When researchers come to the Recorded Sound Reference Center they can hear the entire recording. Listening facilities, which are available without charge, are provided for those doing research of a specific nature, leading toward a publicly available work such as a publication, thesis or dissertation, radio/film/television production, or public performance. We regret that the facilities may not be used for purely personal study or appreciation.
You can access additional information about the recorded sound collection listening policy at <http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/recguidelines.html>.
Please contact me if you have additional questions.
Janet W. McKee
Recorded Sound Reference Center
Telephone: (202) 707-7833
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