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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Copying - Do I really have permission?



Just what is the "right" thing to do?

When it comes to copyright and genealogy, Judy G. Russell​, JD, CG, CGL is my go-to expert. Cousin Russ​ asked that I share this video with The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group as we consider:
  1. Should I upload the handout to last week's genealogy class to our Facebook Group?
  2. May I attach that image to my ancestor's profile in my online tree or personal database?
  3. Can I share someone's Excel worksheet with our Facebook group? 
  4. If I cite where I got an item from, does that meet the concept of "fair use" ?
In this video we were considering how much of a book to use in our public study group discussions and publicly published homework. We want to be sure to keep things on the up and up. These same principles of fair use apply to our posts and files we may upload to our Facebook group.



AND THE ANSWER IS... If it isn't yours, don't share it without written permission. Actually we already knew that, since we learned in grade school not to copy the work of a fellow student. 

We're all students of genealogy. Let's follow the National Genealogical Society's Genealogical Standards and Guidelines:
 



Here's where you'll find us:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist


FOR FURTHER READING

Judy G. Russell's COURTESY, ETHICS AND LAW
http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2014/03/31/courtesy-ethics-and-law/

Judy G. Russell's  T'S NOT SHARING
http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2014/11/04/its-not-sharing

Judy G. Russell's  YES. NO. AND MAYBE
http://legalgenealogist.com/blog/2014/12/12/yes-no-and-maybe

Judy G. Russell's  IT BEARS REPEATING: JUST SAY NO
(This is about accepting requests to do look-ups on membership sites)
http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2014/11/05/it-bears-repeating-just-say-no/

Judy G. Russell's  COPYRIGHT AND THE BOOK SCANNER
http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2014/02/05/copyright-and-the-book-scanner/