Category Archives: Copyright

Asking works but… It never fails. The Legal Genealogist puts the finishing touches on a blog post, checks (sometimes at least) for spelling mistakes, hits the post button… and somebody has a question. And it happened yesterday with the post … Continue reading

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Copyright status Reader Lexi has a great question about using materials that were copyrighted, but might not still be copyright-protected today. Her particular reason for asking the question is that she teaches art to children, has a book of children’s … Continue reading

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Not always where we think There’s an awful lot of confusion in the area of copyright about what is and what isn’t in the public domain. That came home in a comment by reader Sondra who said: I liked a … Continue reading

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Google wins over Authors Guild Google Books has won the latest round in its seemingly never-ending copyright-fair use battle with the Authors Guild over digitization of books for use online. In a decision handed down Friday, the United States Court … Continue reading

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A tip of the hat to friend Nancy So… yesterday, The Legal Genealogist had some fun outlining some of the various private laws you might be able to find in just one volume of Kentucky statutes, dating from December 1808 … Continue reading

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Thing versus copyright It’s a persistent question that has reader Sherri perplexed in trying to understand her rights to a photograph of her grandparents: the question of the difference between owning a particular thing and owning the copyright to that … Continue reading

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An original question Reader Phyllis McLaughlin is a collector of old photographs and is struggling to balance her desire to use the photos she buys with the mandates of copyright law. And discovering, of course, that the balance is always … Continue reading

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Following up Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist took on the topic of the copyright that genealogical speakers have in their lectures, slides and handouts. The impetus was last week’s combined Federation of Genealogical Societies and RootsTech conference, and the seemingly rampant … Continue reading

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The same rules. Really. The Legal Genealogist was dismayed to hear the comment, made by one of the many thousands of people who attended last week’s combined Federation of Genealogical Societies – RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. But no, … Continue reading

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Copyright guide from US Copyright Office It is 1,288 pages long. It has very few graphics or illustrations. Some of it is in fairly technical language. On the downloadable version, the internal links don’t work but rather take you back … Continue reading

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