This blog is an attempt to keep the issue of copyright in front of the genealogical community. I’ve been writing and speaking about copyright issues for the genealogical community for the last ten years. From the beginning it has been a popular and controversial topic, but recent sessions have been so well attended that potential participants being turned away. I wish this was because I am a fantastic speaker, but the reality is that the community really wants to understand the issues at hand.
Such was the case at the FGS Conference in Springfield this month. The talk was on Wednesday morning and throughout the rest of the conference I was stopped on a regular basis by attendees, some jokingly opining that they should give up because they couldn’t use anything in their genealogies, some stating that they had done everything wrong but would try to do better, others happy that they could stop others from using their material. There were also many that had information and websites to share. The exciting thing was that everyone seemed enthused by the topic, and wanted wanted to discuss one point or another.
Among those sitting in the room was Dick Eastman, who made copyright a topic for his newsletter last week. See Copyright Myths . The thread of questions and comments resulting from this newsletter are very telling and show some of the misunderstandings that exist.
It is my intention to use this new blog to explore the idiosyncrasies of copyright, post updates to copyright issues and create links to great copyright websites. First, however, I plan to take a much needed vacation to recover from managing the finances for Springfield. Check back in a few weeks for the next installment. ©