FUNKNET Digest, Vol 88, Issue 17

scott delancey delancey at
Sat Jan 22 14:47:39 UTC 2011

On Fri, 21 Jan 2011 22:20:48 -0500, "s.t. bischoff" < at> wrote:

> Also, if a linguist records
> a narrative or myth...who has the "copyright" to it, if anyone? The
> linguist, the speaker, the community, the tribal council?

I don't know the lawyer legalities (I doubt if the issues have been extensively tested
in court) but as both a practical and an ethical matter these are questions you need
to negotiate with the tribe before you collect anything.

And get it in writing.  And in detail.
Scott DeLancey
Department of Linguistics
University of Oregon 1290
Eugene, OR 97403-1290, USA

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