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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 on the materials in the Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip. 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 rights holders (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.

The sound recordings in this Collection embody the voices of persons who were not employees of the U.S. Government. Privacy and publicity rights may apply.

While the Library is not aware of any copyright in the materials in this collection, users should be aware of possible rights particularly in the underlying works in the sound recordings. As is often the case with materials collected in the course of ethnographic field research, it is frequently difficult or impossible to identify specific speakers or singers included in sound recordings. It is also often difficult or impossible to sufficiently identify specific songs sung by participants to perform a comprehensive assessment of the copyright status of underlying musical rights in lyrics or compositions. The Library of Congress has exhaustively researched this Collection to ascertain any possible legal rights embodied in the materials in the Collection. While we have been unable to identify any copyright in the recordings provided online here, we stress that the Collection is being made available in American Memory strictly for educational, noncommercial uses. The staff of the American Folklife Center is eager to learn more about these materials and would like to hear from individuals or institutions that have information about them or have additional information about their history. Contact them with any information at:

Email: folklife@loc.gov


Library of Congress
American Folklife Center
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4610

Note that of the total of approximately 700 sound recordings in this collection in the American Folklife Center, a small subset the sound recordings are not included in the American Memory because there is a strong possibility that there may be underlying rights in musical lyrics or compositions. See a list of the items in the American Folklife Center's holdings but not provided here online. Researchers with an interest or need to review the entire body of material are encouraged to contact the American Folklife Center to make arrangements to do so.

For more information, see What is an Ethnographic Field Collection? and read the documentation provided through the home page for this Collection.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, American Folklife Center Collection

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