Tending the Commons: Copyright and Other Restrictions
The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the material in this collection, except as noted below. Users should keep in mind that the Library of Congress is providing access to these materials strictly for educational and research purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other holders of rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions.
Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. See American Memory, Copyright, and Other Restrictions and Privacy and Publicity Rights for additional information.
The special character of collections that result from ethnographic field research is outlined in What is an Ethnographic Field Collection? The American Folklife Center and the professional fieldworkers who carry out these projects feel a strong ethical responsibility to the people they have visited and who have consented to have their lives documented for the historical record. The Center asks that researchers approach the materials in this collection with respect for the culture and sensibilities of the people whose lives, ideas, and creativity are documented here. Researchers are also reminded that privacy and publicity rights may pertain to certain uses of this material.
As is often the case with materials collected in the course of ethnographic field research, however, it is difficult or impossible to sufficiently identify specific songs sung by participants, which precludes performing a comprehensive assessment of the copyright status of underlying musical rights in lyrics or compositions. Research performed by the staff of the American Folklife Center in anticipation of the release of this collection in American Memory indicates that the underlying musical works appear to be in the public domain. As with all materials provided by American Memory, users are reminded that they must make their own assessment of copyrights or other rights (or absence of such rights) in the context of their intended use.
The staff of the American Folklife Center encourages the public to contact the Center regarding the materials in this collection at: