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Mt. Timpanogos Temple, photo by Rick Satterfield, used with permission

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Is It Copyrighted?
In the world of genealogy, we gather, add, delete, and produce compilations of records about our families. For me, it is the thrill of the hunt. I love to read about my ancestors and the lives that they led. I appreciate someone writing about my ancestor. As we put together our stories, do we ever pay attention to where they came from? We make note of the sources but do we actually credit the sources or acknowledge that we are getting this information from another source. Furthermore, do we seek permission to use copyrighted sources, or do we kind of skip over that thought? Since so much information is at our fingertips, I think that we have come to the conclusion that everything "out there" can be used at will.

James Tanner (one of my favorite contributors at TechTips) wrote a couple of articles recently relating to copyrights and fair use. They are definitely worth reading as they will lend some clarity to this problem. The first article is Understanding Copyright vs. the Creative Commons. The second article is Using Creative Commons Licenses for Sharing Your Genealogy.

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