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Re: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth - Morgan Library & Museum

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I've confirmed with the Morgan Library that additional items cannot be accommodated. Also, the catalogue listings of items traveling to the Morgan Library from the Bodleian is correct (page 410, bottom) but the start date printed in the catalogue is incorrect - the catalogue states January 21, but the announced (and correct) date is January 25.

A few additional items from the Morgan Library collection will be shown (including the Selby letter pictured in the catalogue on page 312), and other items from "a private lender".

Some merchandise (above and beyond the catalogue book) will be available, but not all that the Bodleian shop is selling due to space concerns. The items are not selected yet.

A reception will be held for the exhibition, but the Morgan combines into a single reception all of the exhibitions for the season. There are four exhibitions that will be shown starting in January - announced are this one, and "By Any Means: Modern and Contemporary Drawings from the Morgan" which runs from January 18 through May 12. The date of the reception isn't set yet. The other two exhibits are not announced.
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Re: 1957 'Carnival of Books' interview acetate

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Interesting discussion! Did a bit of Googling just out of interest, and it really seems like for spoken interviews, the copyright lies only with the "recording" (and the entity making the recording), not the speakers, except in very unusual cases.

For example, from https://www.newmediarights.org/are_interviews_copyrighted :
Recently, in Taggart v. WMAQ Channel 5 Chicago, the court held that an inmate had no copyright ownership over his speech during an interview recorded by (and later broadcast by) the television company. The inmate argued that his speech was protected by copyright law because his responses were a “performance”. The court disagreed saying the inmate’s speech was only an idea, and that ideas are not protected by copyright law. Further the court said, “the copyright itself lies within the photographing or otherwise recording of the event, not in the event itself.” This means that the owner of the copyright was the broadcast company because they video recorded (fixed) the interview.
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Re: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth - Morgan Library & Museum

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Urulöké wrote:
Not a bad idea to follow up on Arbor...


A few members contacted the Bodleian, to offer items for the exhibition, and were politely declined as the catalog had already been produced, it looks to me like this is the same for the New York exhibition, as the catalog has already been produced.
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Re: 1957 'Carnival of Books' interview acetate

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That is interesting & certainly follows what you'd have guessed; namely that the person interviewed (audio & or visual) is certainly not the copyright holder. How on earth would any broadcaster be able to operate otherwise.

My point about the Tolkien Estate was really along these lines. They'd have had to acquire the copyright as I don't believe they would have originally owed the copyright to random interviews Tolkien had given 50+ years ago.
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Re: 1957 'Carnival of Books' interview acetate

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This post is interesting (albeit the legal precedent is Canadian)

http://www.entertainmentmedialawsigna ... copyright-in-an-interview
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Aelfwine wrote:
"I would have thought the copyright lies with the original radio station that made the recording" — Nope, not unless Tolkien assigned the copyright to them. Which he may well have done; but it's not a default/automatic arrangement. His words are his words.


Is that definitely the case? It would render pretty much any interview impossible to broadcast. Surely the radio station must at least effectively have an implied perpetual license to use the words, even if the copyright remains with the interviewee.
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"I would have thought the copyright lies with the original radio station that made the recording" — Nope, not unless Tolkien assigned the copyright to them. Which he may well have done; but it's not a default/automatic arrangement. His words are his words.
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Khamûl wrote:
Why would the Tolkien Estate ever own any interview with Tolkien?


Because they have more expensive lawyers than anyone else. I would have thought the copyright lies with the original radio station that made the recording, but expensive lawyers are actually all that matters with this kind of thing, thanks to Disney, mostly.
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Why would the Tolkien Estate ever own any interview with Tolkien?
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Re: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth - Morgan Library & Museum

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Not a bad idea to follow up on Arbor...
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