Announcement: Rav Tapes

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An archivist is looking for any tapes of R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik, R. Ahron Soloveitchik, R. Aharon Lichtenstein, OU convention, RCA conventions or any other prominent rabbis of the previous era. The tapes will be used for private research and potential publication in book format. Any public dissemination, in written or audio format, will be done with approval of the rabbis’ family. Any type of audio is welcome — audio, reels, tapes, sonabands and wires — which are originals or were copied from originals. But not those that are widely available, e.g. through R. Milton Nordlicht.

Please contact [email protected]. All communications will be completely confidential and all tapes etc. will be returned.

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

13 comments

  1. One can’t really mention the Rav this week wo mentioning the ptirah of Mrs. Anne Gerber Z”L. Mrs. Gerber was the sister of the Rav-and was probably closest to the Rav of his siblings. She was probably the last link that I am aware of anyone who knew R Chaim as a grandfather.

  2. “Any public dissemination, in written or audio format, will be done with approval of the rabbis’ family”

    If thetape is from a public event why does obne need permission for fair use?

  3. public dissemination is not generally fair use.

    Mrs. Gerber was a wonderful woman. She was a true Soloveitchik, but in a way very different from her brothers

  4. “Any public dissemination, in written or audio format, will be done with approval of the rabbis’ family”

    “public dissemination is not generally fair use.”

    Who says the Rabbis family hasthe legal ownership of the tapes-they were often spoken as an employee or guest lecturer of an organization-that organization would likely be the one to have the ownership.

  5. Is there a will granting literary executorship to the family? What happens to literary rights without such explicit designation? Any IP lawyers out there?

  6. I don’t know but it’s probably right to defer to the family, anyway.

  7. “Any public dissemination, in written or audio format, will be done with approval of the rabbis’ family. ”

    Typical ownership would be with the institution that the person spoke the words or the publication which published the work.

  8. mycroft, so if i taped a rabbi i should have full rights to publish and disseminate his words?

  9. ” She was a true Soloveitchik, but in a way very different from her brothers”

    Of course she taught like her brothers -she was a professor at Simmons for many years.

  10. “hypocrites on December 13, 2011 at 11:36 pm
    mycroft, so if i taped a rabbi i should have full rights to publish and disseminate his words?”

    I stated the institution who was employing the Rabbi has a right to publish the speech/shiur etc.

  11. “I stated the institution who was employing the Rabbi has a right to publish the speech/shiur etc.”

    It’s more complicated than that, Mycroft. Who knows if there was an agreement between the Rav and the various institutions? Or when he gave a yahrtzeit shiur, was he speaking as an employee of YU? I don’t know the answers to these, and I am sure other, questions. But I’m pretty sure that your analysis simply scratches the surface.

  12. Joseph Kaplan wrote:

    “It’s more complicated than that, Mycroft. Who knows if there was an agreement between the Rav and the various institutions? Or when he gave a yahrtzeit shiur, was he speaking as an employee of YU? I don’t know the answers to these, and I am sure other, questions. But I’m pretty sure that your analysis simply scratches the surface”

    Would not the burden of proof be on someone or an institution objecting to the dissemination either on the Net or in print? Can anyone state whether any of the articles published by RYBS or the sefarim of his drashos and shiurim had copyright protection or any similar documentation limiting their dissemination? I think that it is peculiar, to use the mildest possible descriptive, that YUTorah, which is a great website for Harbatzas Torah has far less shiurim , drashos and articles of RYBS than the Bergen County Beis Medrash, simply because of “what if” legal arguments. B”H, there are tapes and seforim of RYS’s shiurim,Machzorim, a Siddur , drashos and English works based on RYBS’s works, which allow anyone interested to delve into the whole package of RYBS’s Halachic and Hashkafic POV, as opposed to relying on what was solely published in RYBS’s lifetime, which we know was incomplete and needs to be read in context with the vast body of shiurim, drashos, etc so that any Ben Torah amd Talmid Chacham, let alone someone interested in the Hashkafic legacy of RYBS, will not be reading from a Sefer Torah Sheino Mugah.

  13. By the by, I hope the holders of these audio tapes are actively converting them into MP3s while they can still be played: http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub54/estimation_of_les.html

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