Bellsouth vs. Donnelley
Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony
Copyright Code—A Linked Index
Feist Publications vs.
versus Southern Building Code Congress International Inc.,
International v. Meredith Corporation
Trade-Mark Cases, 100
U.S. 82 (1879)
Constitution, Article 1, Section 8
Information on this site cannot
be considered legal advice. If you need legal advice on copyright, please
consult an attorney or refer to one or more of the sponsor links on the
side of the page. Another place you might look is the US Copyright Office
The copyright information on
this site applies to U.S. Copyright, unless otherwise stated.
First of all, a
disclaimer. I am not a lawyer and nothing on this site is to be
construed as legal advice. If you have an issue that may
involve an actual or alleged copyright infringement, I advise
consulting an attorney.
My copyright interest is a "spin-off" from genealogy research.
After taking my family history research on-line, I saw a wide
disparity in what various genealogy web sites and mailing lists
had to say about copyright. Needless to say it was very confusing.
To resolve my confusion, I decided to do a little bit of
studying on copyright. After trying to trace my ancestry,
researching the copyright rules was easy!
In the same time period, I was starting to get involved in
placing my genealogy research—and other
things—on-line, so I decided to do the same thing with what I
found out about copyright, with the focus being for copyright as
it applies to genealogy.
A couple of years later, after some
discussions about copyright at work, I was asked to put together
some training on the subject. I opted to create a web-site where
the students would work their way through the site to learn about
copyright. The web-site worked out fine; however, there was
a bit of grief over the questionnaire that the Instructional
Technologist, who was copyright illiterate, decided to use as a
evaluation tool to ensure that everyone actually did the training.
In this current web site on copyright, I
have taken incorporated the pertinent material from all of the
previous sites and pages. As well, I've incorporated
redirects on the sites that I still have access to so that links
sending visitors to my copyright pages will send them to the
appropriate page on this site.
Copy Right, Copy
What is Copyright?
My Copyright Infringement
How to Deal With Online Media Pirates
Copyright Fundamentals for Genealogy
My Copyright was Infringed!
What is NOT
protected by copyright?
That Just Ain't So
Civil or Criminal?
Fair Use and the DMCA
Not Everything Protected
Purpose of Copyright
U.S. Government Works
Who Owns the Law?
Work Place Training
About Copy Right, Copy Sense