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.
Welcome to my copyright and genealogy page!
original copyright site came about because of the conflicting
information that I was seeing on-line with respect to genealogy and
copyright. While this new and revised site is not specifically focused
on copyright as it applies to
genealogy, the concepts and ideas still apply to
genealogy. If you are interested in genealogy, hopefully there will be something of use
for you here.
Genealogy, by its
nature, requires the use of pre-existing material factual. Proper
use of the appropriate pre-existing material for purposes
such as genealogy is not copyright infringement. A little
study of copyright law can, in many cases, help understand
what is and is not proper use.
Copyright issues can be truly confounding and misunderstood. These
pages are intended to help individuals understand some of the important aspects of the law.
Of course, since I am not a lawyer and have no legal training,
the information on this site cannot be considered to be legal
Copyright is never perfectly simple. There are no
quick and streamlined answers. If copyright issues arise that you
are unable to address, consultation with an attorney may be
Along with the
copyright discussion pages, other pages are included for
reference with text of significance from copyright related legal
documents, specifically copyright law, Supreme Court and other court
opinions, and the Constitution of the United States.
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