Category Archives: Copyright

Who holds the copyright?

Last month after presenting my talk on Copyright Issues for 21st Century Genealogists for the Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society, I received an email from a member who had attending asking a question to which I had no simple answer.  I am going to present the question here in his words, with his permission, and  we both welcome opinions and discussion from all of you.

So the question is….

I have a real life question on copyright as it applies to photographs.

During a recent vacation, I handed my camera to a random gentleman whom I asked to take my photo. The photo he took with my camera is SUPERB!!! The question is…Who owns the copyright? I have the only .jpg file of the photo, yet someone (whom I cannot identify) took the photo. If he is the copyright owner, I cannot enter the photo in any contest or publish it in a book of my photos.  (G. Shull)

Watch the blog next week for the conclusion Gary reached.  Will it agree with yours?

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Trans Pacific Partnership and Copyright

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement being negotiated between is negotiating with eleven countries: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Peru, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, United States. Canada and Mexico.

I offer no opinions here, just some links to blogs and articles on the intellectual property portion of the agreement for your perusal.  Feel free to leave comments!

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Poll Results (1)

Over 57% of respondents said they want to use copyrighted material but don’t know how to get permission.

Over 30% said they are concerned with people violating their copyright.

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