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The limits of ownership

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 thing....

Copyright and the photo negatives

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 more complicated than we...

Credit and copyright

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...

The compendium

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 to the online version. Yet...

Yes. No. And maybe.

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 history, the family...

It’s not sharing

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...

Copyright and the volunteer author

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 continuing its...