Audio Duplication Policy:
When an audio recording can be legally duplicated, without risk of damage to the original, we make copies available upon request. The National Park Service does not presume that all Edison recordings are in the public domain. Under certain conditions specified in the law, the National Park Service is allowed to furnish a reproduction of the audio recording if it does not infringe upon the legal rights of any individual, group, or corporation. These “fair-use” conditions include:
- non-commercial and non-profit study, scholarship, or research, or teaching
- as an NPS preservation or security copy
- as a research copy for deposit in another institution
Certain items in the collection are extremely fragile or are otherwise inaccessible, and therefore cannot be duplicated. The National Park Service will refuse a duplication order if fulfillment is judged to be in violation of “fair-use” provisions of the copyright law, or if the items are judged too fragile or problematic to reformat in a professional manner.