The thing and the rights

… copyrights, that is … Reader Mindy Jarrett just ran head-first into one of the most common — and yet most perplexing — copyright problems to plague genealogists. The problem of the difference between ownership of the thing and ownership of...

Welcome to 1923!!

The copyright clock finally starts ticking Finally. The Legal Genealogist can freely quote it today: “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things, does the heart find its morning and is refreshed.”1...

More copyright-free images

With an artistic touch One of the big challenges genealogists face is finding copyright-free images we can use to illustrate blogs, presentations, family history books and more. The Legal Genealogist has highlighted some terrific resources for images before, including...

Following up on PeopleLegacy

What’s up with the upstart? So… The Legal Genealogist has been trying to keep folks informed with developments in the dispute between Find A Grave and an upstart website called PeopleLegacy.com that swiped a whole bunch of content from Find A Grave and put...

Copyright and the online photo

No, it isn’t always fair use A federal court in Virginia handed down a decision last month that has the online photography world in a tizzy. “Court Rules Copying Photos Found on Internet is Fair Use” was the headline of one photo site article last week1 and...

Robbing from the dead

Ask, don’t just take It was one of those obituaries that a genealogist just loves to read. “I was born,” it began. “I blinked and it was over.” Beautifully written by Emily DeBrayda Fisher Phillips, who died in Florida in 2015 just 28 days after being diagnosed...

Fair use and terms of use

A study in contrasts It’s a great question, from reader Dana J.: Does contract law override “fair use”? Can a website’s terms of use prohibit users from using the copyright-protected works under fair use? It seems that copyright’s fair use provision might be one...