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About This Site/Security/Privacy/Disclaimer/Copyright

General Disclaimer

Folk Music Archives web site has links to other agencies, organizations, artists, venues and related web sites when there is reason to do so. This linking does not constitute FMA's endorsement of their web sites, their content, policies and/or materials.

About Copyright and Folk Music Archives

It is the policy of Folk Music Archives to provide factual information about copyright owners and related material, archival research, production, and interview collections. Unless stated otherwise, all material is the copyright of  Folk Music Archives. Although the recorded material of Folk Music Archives may be part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, permission  and possible fees may be required independent of the Library for broadcast and other permissible use.

Copyright and/or other use restrictions must be determined prior to use or otherwise distributing material found on this web site or deposited in the Library of Congress.

Acquisition, reproduction, duplication or transmission of copyright material without the written permission of Folk Music Archives and/or independent copyright owners is prohibited. The public and researchers must make their own determination of rights in light of their intended use. Precise information about United States copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code) is provided by the Copyright Office, Washington, D.C.    www.loc.gov/copyright


 Folk Music Archives wants to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified on this web site or recorded interviews/programs so that we may make corrections.

About  This Site

The mission and purpose of Folk Music Archives is to sustain and preserve the "Voice" of Folk Music The personal stories and recollections of folk singers and groups that are equally as important as the folk songs they sing and music they play. As a repository of Folk Music Archives' interviews, the Library of Congress American Folklife Center ensures that the archival research, recordings and interviews are properly utilized and protects all intellectual property and copyrights. This collaboration enables these historic interviews to be available to the folk/music community and the American people.


 For site security Folk Music Archives employs software programs to monitor network and web traffic to identify unauthorized malicious or highly suspicious activities. Also, attempts to upload or change information, deny service, misuse web site forms, SPAM, provide misleading information, change information, use alias e-mail names and other abuse.  These acts are punishable under the Computer Fraud  and Abuse Act of 1986 and the national Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996. Information regarding possible violations of law are provided to law enforcement officials.

Voice Clips

All recorded material on this site, including "Voice Clips" are the copyright of Folk Music Archives. For security this this computer employs software to fingerprint and watermark recorded material. Unauthorized use is prohibited and may not be downloaded, recorded or duplicated.


For site management, this computer uses software programs to create summary statistics that are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of the most or least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance areas. Folk Music Archives collects and stores the following information:

    * The name of the domain from which you access the Internet
    * The date and time you access the site
    * The pages you peruse and files you access
    * The "Voice Clips" you access
    * The Internet address of the Web site from which you linked

       directly to our site

    * IP address, node name & location, SPAM, e-mail tracking

If you chose to provide Folk Music Archives with personal information, as in an e-mail message, Folk Music Archives will use this information to respond to your request. There are times when your e-mail is forwarded within FMA to staff who are better able to assist you. Folk Music Archives may also forward requests for assistance to other appropriate institutions such as the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Folkways or other institutions for response. Except for the foregoing exceptions and for authorized law enforcement activities, Folk Music Archives does not share e-mail or other information.

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