Copyright and Genealogical Material
some pages and information of possible interest




USGENWEB - a good general summary of copyright
see: https://www.usgenweb.org/volunteers/copyright.html

Can transcriptions of genealogical documents be copyrighted?
see:  https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2019/07/05/originality-counts/

Can reproductions of public domain items be copyrighted?
https://www.jcms-journal.com/articles/10.5334/jcms.1021217/

Explanation of "Public Domain"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain

Good general information about copyright and genealogy.
see: http://dgmweb.net/Ancillary/OnE/Copyright.html

How Copyright affects your research
see: https://www.genealogy.com/articles/research/14_cpyrt.html

Copyrightability of Databases and Lists
see:  https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/types-databases-that-cant-be-protected.html

Obituaries and Copyright
see:   https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2012/09/12/copyright-and-the-obit/

Grave Photos and Copyright
see: https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2013/09/16/find-a-grave-revisited/

CopyFraud (when people claim copyright - when they don't legally have the right to copyright)
see:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyfraud


Items which are in the public domain  and/or cannot be copyrighted

1) Simple facts - dates, names, etc.  lists of facts etc.

2) Items produced before 1923

3) Items published by the US government - such as census schedules

4) Transcriptions of other items

5) Reproductions of other items that are already in the public domain (including scans and photographs)

6)  Non creative Genealogical charts with names, dates, places