intellectual propery

So concludes,  Ben Ratliff of The New York Times in closing his piece on the recent release of selections from archival recordings of the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival via the Wolfgang’s Vault site.

I think I’ve held off blogging about that company previously because I genuinely do not know how I feel about it.  Since I’m too lazy and harried at the moment to do any justice to the subject, I’ll just leave it to you, the reader, to respond for now.


The Dance Heritage Coalition recently announced that its two-year project on fair use and copyright issues is now complete.  The results will be published in a booklet, Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials: Recommendations for Librarians, Archivists, Curators, and Other Collections Staff.  Hard copies of the publication will be available after today by contacting DHC project director Libby Smigel, (202) 223-8392 or  A pdf version also will be available at

Sorry for not warning you about my vacation ahead of time.  Regular posts, as well as the interrupted series of SAA conference reports, will resume shortly.  With the Fall arts season off and running, there have been many, many items in the news worth noting and thinking about over the past few weeks.  Perhaps one of the most interesting has been the hubbub, reported in the New York Times and elsewhere, over the Friedman-Abeles photograph collection in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts from whence this image, a studio publicity portrait of Ray Walston and Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees, comes.

I’ll leave you to think about it until the next post.

Image credit: Friedman-Abeles publicity photograph for Damn Yankees.  NYPL Digital Gallery ID # 1606701