Seriously, Copyright Office?

A fee hike… now… The email came in just yesterday: “Special Announcement about Fee Changes,” it said. “Effective March 20, the Copyright Office is changing fees for copyright registration and other services.”1 Now… don’t get The Legal...

Being thankful

For all we do have Like the rest of the world, The Legal Genealogist has been caught up in the news the past days with a sinking heart. These surely are the “interesting times” of that old curse “May you live in interesting times.” And yet things could be so much...

Opportunity knocking

Time on our hands It’s a strange — even eerie — feeling to be waking up without deadlines. No handouts that urgently need to be finished and sent. No PowerPoints to fine tune. No airports to head towards for this week’s trip to or from a...

Because of what today is

The Legal Genealogist is staying home Those who follow this writer and this blog, and are Facebook friends, know the view from today’s office window. On any given Friday in the conference season that begins each spring, it’s almost always a photo of an...

Going global

Well, no, actually, they’re not different “Surely,” the comment writer insisted, after reading yesterday’s blog post about copyright protection of photographs even without copyright notices, “US copyright laws are only relevant in USA. Does any of this...

And the difference is…

Copyright pop quiz What’s the difference between the following two photographs? Here’s the first one: And here’s the second: Of course, all you eagle-eyed researchers noted the fact that there isn’t any copyright notice on the first one and...

Those boring cases

Another look at admiralty law The judicial power of the United States, according to Article III of the United States Constitution, shall extend “to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made,...

Setting the clock

If we could choose the time Here on this day in March 2020 when the United States wreaks havoc with the circadian rhythms of its citizens by setting the clocks forward an hour, the question arose on Facebook: to what time would we set the clocks if we could set them...

Entering its 25th year

Happy anniversary, Cyndi’s List! It began on March 4, 1996, as 1,025 links on a single web page. It is, today, one of the most remarkable, durable, and valuable genealogical resources anywhere on the internet, one The Legal Genealogist uses — and treasures...