Copy Right, Copy Sense



Bellsouth vs. Donnelley

Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony

Copyright CodeA Linked Index

Feist Publications vs. Rural Telephone

Peter Veeck versus Southern Building Code Congress International Inc.,

Publications International  v. Meredith Corporation

Trade-Mark Cases, 100 U.S. 82 (1879)

U.S. 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 right side of the page. Another place you might look is the US Copyright Office web site.

The copyright information on this site applies to U.S. Copyright, unless otherwise stated.


My copyright background.

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.

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Copyright Articles:

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?

Copyright Claims That Just Ain't So


Copyright Concepts:

Authors Labor

Authors Rights

Civil or Criminal?



Copyright Facts

Copyright Notice


Electronic Mail

Fair Use

Fair Use and the DMCA

Foreign Works

From Creation


Inadvertent Infringement


Infringement Remedies

Licenses and Notices

Not Everything Protected






Public Domain

Purpose of Copyright

Really Copyrighted?

U.S. Government Works

What's Protected -

Who Owns the Law? -

Work Place Training


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