Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday Tips...... Do you copy right or wrong or do you know the difference?

Copyright and Copy Wrong -- Genealogists and Family Historians need to do it RIGHT!  (I absolutely love this title... such a great play on words but oh so true too)

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 05:00 AM PST

Respecting copyright is important!

Copyright can be complex!

Many genealogists and family historians violate copyright!
(I have decided that I will write out this entire article since I feel it is a very important topic)

Many of you may have heard about a copyright violation of Cyndi’s List which occurred last month.  This is probably the most recent and egregious example of “theft” by the genealogical community.  And, it happens all the time!  Every bit of information you see duplicated in verbatim from someplace without recognition of the original author can be a form of violating an author’s copyright!

You wonder why some people don’t post their genealogical research?  Many don’t post it because they are concerned that others will “steal” the research they have worked on for years (sometimes decades) without attributing it to the person who put in all the hard work.  If you worked for years on something, would you want others to use it without giving you credit?

Michael Leclerc recently did a blog post on this topic (Copyright and Copy Wrong) and states (emphasis is mine) ...

It is astounding how some people think that they can do anything they like with anything they want on the Internet. It is all there for the taking and doing with as they will. Genealogists are among the worst violators... Do read his full article.
Want to learn more about copyright law and genealogy?  Check out these excellent resources on the topic:

§ The Legal Genealogist, Judy G Allen – numerous posts on various copyright issues as pertains to genealogists.  Check these out!

§ Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) – Copyright & Genealogy

§ Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Family Tree Magazine) – Copyright for Genealogists

§ Gary B. Hoffman (Genealogy.com) -- Who Owns Genealogy? Cousins and Copyright

And, just doing a search on Genealogy + Copyright will bring up a lot of other equally informative posts.

....... from "Upfront with NGS (National Genealogical Society) Dec 6, 2012 (this is only one of hundreds of great aricles from NGS. This is one good reason to join this National Society)

posted to educate our members:  Sandra Gardner-Benward

1 comment:

  1. You are so right! Thank you for raising the issue and reminding us all of how important it is.


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