A Guide to Oral History and the Law by John A. Neuenschwander

By John A. Neuenschwander

A advisor to Oral historical past and the legislation is the definitive source for all practitioners of oral background. In transparent, available language it completely explains the entire severe felony concerns, together with felony unencumber agreements; copyright; privateness; screening, modifying, and sealing methods to guard opposed to defamation; the safety of sealed and nameless interviews from court disclosure; the function of Institutional evaluation forums (IRBs); educating issues; and the hot matters raised by means of interviews on the web. Neuenschwander's critical concentration is prevention, instead of litigation, and he cites not just the latest lawsuits but in addition examples of approaches and rules that oral historical past courses have used successfully to prevent criminal problems. The e-book offers greater than a dozen pattern felony unlock agreements acceptable to numerous events. This crucial quantity may be utilized by pros, relatives historians, and scholars alike.

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Sample release agreements for interviewers (Nos. 5, 6, and 7) can be found in Appendix 1. IRB Modified Agreements For practitioners of oral history who are based on college or university campuses or at medical facilities, legal release agreements more than likely will have to win the approval of an Institutional Review Board (IRB). Despite continuing efforts by the Oral History and American Historical Associations to exclude oral history research from IRB oversight, at most colleges and universities, even student oral history projects are reviewed by an IRB.

The length of the litigation, in-fighting between the directors of the Belfast Project and Boston College, the role that an international treaty played in this case, and the fundamental issue of academic freedom all heightened the amount of public attention to this case. The Belfast Project began in 2001 with the goal of documenting the experiences of members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and loyalist paramilitary groups who participated in the violent and bloody “Troubles” in Northern Ireland.

In Branzburg, which was a consolidation of several cases, reporters refused to testify before grand juries about information they had received from confidential sources claiming that under the First Amendment their information was privileged. The Supreme Court, however, refused to read such a privilege into the First Amendment. ”17 The court went on to emphasize that the treaty obligation to assist another nation in a criminal investigation made the government’s interest here even stronger than it had been in Branzburg.

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