Who Owns the Field Notes?

TitleWho Owns the Field Notes?
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsJacobs, S-E
Corporate AuthorsAmerican Anthropological Association,
PublisherAmerican Anthropological Associaton
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsANTHROPOLOGY , Intellectual , Intellectual Property and Patents
AbstractJerry Vaughn contracted with a federal agency to conduct a social impact assessment of proposed topographic changes in an aboriginal habitat in the far not region of North America. The contract contained no stipulations regarding ownership of data. However, after Vaughn wrote his report in which he found that the social life of the communities in the area would be severely affected of the agency's plans were imposed, the agency asks him to turn over his entire record in order that the agency could solicit another opinion on the matter. Furthermore, the director of the agency told Vaughn that unless he would turn over the record, no further payment would be made to him. Should Vaughn turn his field notes, photographs, and other information over to the agency?
NotesFrom the Handbook on Ethical Issues in Anthropology, edited by Joan Cassell and Sue-Ellen Jacobs. A special publication of the American Anthropological Association, number 23. http://www.aaanet.org/publications/Ethicshandbook.cfm
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