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AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum

Re: "Ownership" of and access to slave data /recor

Denise, I disagree with you on at least one point.
I don't think its the job of a librarian or archivist to find the "unidentified slaves" standing in a photograph.
That's our job.
I think that the libraries and archives are supposed to make the material available to the public, and to insure the material isn't used for commercial gain. Just the fact that you found the material shows they are doing their job.

As for copyright, I've got a hypothetical situation? Suppose the material were freely available. Suppose a some white supremacist lifted a photograph of slaves from an archive website and used it as part of a racist logo? Then produced T-shirts bearing that logo and sold the shirts?

How would you feel then?
: Hi folks - need your thoughts and comments on this.

: Last year Lloyd Smith sent me a copy an interesting list - of freed
: slave data - from the day of their emancipation from a
: plantation.

: His ancestor(s) and possibly some of mine are on this list.

: This manuscript is part of a University libray collection - with
: copywright warnings stamped on each page - permission to
: cite/reproduce etc. is required from the library.

: I paid a visit to the libraries pages recently - and saw the fees
: they charge per document. I then contacted the head archivist
: directly by phone with a follow-up request via email for
: permission to post the list - transcribed - to the internet -
: for FREE access.

: I am waiting for a response.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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