Category Archives: Copyright

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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Next in an occasional series on copyright. It’s impossible to be a genealogist — or at least a good genealogist — without paying attention to the family Bible. Repository of so many facts (and, often, so many fancies) of family … Continue reading

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It’s theft Yet another case of genealogical theft is being reported in our community. This time, it’s the website GenealogyInTime Magazine reporting that some of its authored, copyrighted content is being reproduced, almost word for word, in the newsletter of … Continue reading

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Next in an occasional series on copyright October of every year is designated as Archives Month, and archives around the country try to do something special in recognition of Archives Month. Today and tomorrow, for example, the National Archives is … Continue reading

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Copyright and sharing The Legal Genealogist received a question from a reader that can only leave you shaking your head. “I belong to (a chat group),” she wrote. And, she went on: We have a (person) who volunteered to moderate … Continue reading

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Of animals and birthdays Two copyright issues have been swirling online in recent days which — despite the fact that neither of them particularly impacts genealogists — is kind of neat and kind of cool. It’s neat because the issues … Continue reading

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Next in an occasional series on copyrights for genealogists. Reader Lee was confused about his right to use images of articles and other contents of newspapers from his state that he was accessing through microfilmed copies at his local library. … Continue reading

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