Ownership of WWI general's recordings disputed

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Who owns the voice of John J. Pershing?

You can hear the World War I general’s address to Americans from the battlefields of France at the Library of Congress or on its Web site — and nobody has a problem with that.

You can also hear it at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial — and there’s at least one person who has a problem with that.

Edward Golterman of St. Louis says he holds the rights to the Pershing speech and at least three other recordings of that era that he says the Liberty Memorial is using without permission. Golterman’s grandfather, Guy Golterman, produced the recordings as part of a project called The Nation’s Forum.



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