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That copyright notice

It sometimes matters if it’s missing The question came from a library in Kentucky that’s interested in digitizing copies of a local newspaper. The library staff was well aware that there were no copyright issues at all with issues of the newspaper...

That 1923 date

Copyright duration in the US The question comes up all the time here at The Legal Genealogist. Something was published at some point in the past, and a reader wants to know if she can use it in her genealogical work — in a blog post or a journal article or a...

Copyright and the weblink

Not a problem, unless… The Legal Genealogist absolutely loves the fact that genealogists are really starting to think about copyright issues. I get questions all the time here to the blog about one copyright issue or another, and it’s heartwarming in so...

Just read this!

Plagiarism versus copyright infringement Sometimes, The Legal Genealogist understands, it’s just hard to wrap our heads around the differences between plagiarism and copyright infringement. We know, or we think we do, that plagiarism is when we pass off someone...

No right to sharing

Nothing wrong with wanting a return Reader Ruth is offended when people post things on the internet and don’t make it easy for others to use them: I’ve noticed that some people claim “ownership” of photos of documents– they either claim...

Following up: copyright renewals

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 Checking for...

Checking for renewals

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 poems...

Where is the public domain?

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 photo from the 1800s that I saw on the cover of a book....