Intellectual Property agreement

This is the intellectual property (IP) agreement for the Judaica project. It attempts to navigate some complex issues regarding collaboration and the circulation of different kinds of knowledge across various media.

This document is informed by recent conversations about dance and copyright organized by the Society for Dance Research and by the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University. It is a living document, continually updated. Your comments, feedback, questions and concerns are welcome.

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The Judaica Project
Intellectual Property Agreement

The Judaica project produces a large number of digital documents including photographs, audio recordings, audiovisual (video) recordings, written blog posts, and hand-written/hand-drawn items. Many of these documents are jointly authored. By default, authorship is shared by all contributors to a given document, regardless of how they were involved. However, when an external videographer or photographer is brought in to document a session, they are not considered a co-author for the purposes of this agreement.

All of the Judaica materials are stored on a hard drive in Dr Spatz’s office and backed up to the University of Huddersfield’s Research Data Management network drive. Dr Spatz agrees to make these materials available to each of the relevant co-authors for viewing and copying to their own devices. This agreement governs how the co-authored materials may be used. The materials fall into three categories, with distinct rules as follows.

I. Catalogue

(1) The ‘Catalogue’ refers to all materials that have already been shared publicly as part of the research process. This includes videos posted in the Songwork Catalogue and elsewhere online, blog posts and other only media, as well all talks and presentations given in public venues or academic conferences.

(2) Documents in the Catalogue may be used by any of their respective co-authors according to a CC-BY licensing agreement, which requires only proper attribution.

(3) Documents in the Catalogue may also be used by non-authors (anyone else) according to a CC-BY-NC licensing agreement, which requires only proper attribution for noncommercial uses. For the purpose of this agreement, noncommercial uses include those that have a primarily noncommercial aim even if they also generate a small amount of private income (such as academic royalty fees). Substantial commercial uses of the archive (personal income above £10,000) must be approved by all co-authors of the relevant documents.

II. Main Archive

(4) The ‘Main Archive’ refers to all materials that have not been shared publicly as part of the research (not part of the Catalogue described above) and which have not been excluded (as described in below).

(5) Documents in the Main Archive may be used by any of their respective co-authors according to a CC-BY licensing agreement. This is the same rule that governs documents in the Catalogue.

(6) Members of the public do not generally have access to the Main Archive. However, after 1 January 2018, access to all or part of the Main Archive may be granted to individuals by any of the relevant co-authors. It is understood that access will be granted to individuals who have recognized standing in academic, artistic, or Jewish communities, who will treat the materials respectfully and use them to advance their own practice and research. Individuals who have been granted permission in this way can make use of the Main Archive as well as the Catalogue according to a CC-BY-NC license, as described in (3) above.

III. Excluded Archive

(7) Prior to 1 January 2018, any co-author of a document may request to have all or part of that document excluded from the Main Archive. This option is not available for materials that are in the Catalogue. It is understood that the option to exclude materials from the Main Archive should be used in moderation so that most of the Main Archive remains intact. This clause aims to ensure that all co-authors are able to exercise control over the use and sharing of more sensitive materials.

(8) Materials in the Excluded Archive may be retained privately by the relevant co-authors but may not be shared publicly (including quotes or transcripts) without explicit permission from all of the co-authors.

[Name] [Signature] [Date]

A much simpler consent form was used in 2015:

I understand and agree that audio/video recordings of my studio work, and interviews about the process, will be part of the documentation for Judaica and that any of the core participants may use these materials for non-commercial applications, including scholarly publications and grant or fellowship applications, etc.

[Name] [Signature] [Date]


Project Leader
Ben Spatz

Laboratory Phase (2017)
Nazlıhan Eda Erçin
Agnieszka Mendel

Performance Art (2017)
Maiada Aboud

Dybbuk version (2014-2016)
Sióbhán Harrison
Jennifer Parkin
Sobhia Jones
Nicola Fisher
Karoliina Sandstrom

Aleph version (2013)
Bruce Steinberg

Steampunk version (2012)
Margot Bassett


Recent talks and workshops
Aarhus University
University of Winchester
Nucleo de Investigación Artística, Chile
University of Gothenburg
University of California, Davis
Somatische Akademie Berlin
University of Leeds
University of Kent
Leeds Beckett University
Leiden University
Zurich University of the Arts
Trier University, Germany
Lithuanian Academy of M&T
American Society for Theater Research
Int Fed for Theatre Research
Cultural Studies Association
a2ru National Conference
Middlesex University, London
University of Zagreb, Croatia
University of Ghent
University of Brighton
University of Bedfordshire
Northwestern University
University of South Wales
Maastricht University
University of Anbar, Iraq
Dans Brabant, Netherlands
University of Aberdeen

Laboratory Phase (2017)
Center for Jewish Studies, CUNY
Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków
Goldsmiths, University of London
Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw
ISSJ, Philadelphia
JW3 Community Center, London
LABA Lab for Jewish Culture, NYC
Leimay Ensemble, NYC
Massolit Books, Krakow
Martin E. Segal Center, CUNY
New York University
NN Theatre, Lublin
Panoply Performance Lab, NYC
POLIN Museum, Warsaw
RCSSD, London
SITI Company, NYC
Tufts University, Boston
University of Kent
University of Manchester
Wesleyan University, Connecticut
White Stork Synagogue, Wroclaw

Performance Art (2017)
Actformance, Huddersfield
Awkward Bastards, Birmingham

Chorus (2017-2018)
Holocaust Memorial, Huddersfield

Dybbuk version (2014-2015)
Performing the Jewish Archive
University of Huddersfield

Aleph version (2013)
Performance Mix Festival, NYC

Steampunk version (2012)
Movement Research, NYC
Earthdance, MA
Triskelion Arts, NYC

2017 Lab Details

Team Members
Travel Calendar
List of Songs
IP Statement

Research Funding and Support
Arts & Humanities Research Council
University of Huddersfield