Obituary Copyrights & Privacy
I’m new here, so please excuse me if I’m out of place…. My concern comes from recent debate on another popular website. I have come to realize that while their policy is not to violate copyrights, they continually allow contributors to copy and paste obituaries in the website without citing the source. To me, that is definitely copyright violation…….Along with that, the website has no policy to exclude private family information(names & addresses of living people –often included in obits). In this day of high internet use, identity theft, privacy rights, etc, it deeply concerns me that genealogy websites allow a lot of information to be spread on the www. I realize that as genealogists we LIVE on family information, but I think we also need to be extremely careful about what is published on the net regarding living people. Take Ancestry.com for example. I’m not sure of their whole website policy, but I totally agree that their policy is to exclude living persons from any family trees submitted.
I am currently looking for a new website to replace my membership in the “old” one(I’d name it if I knew it was allowed/kosher). I have started on a large gravestone photo collection and database for a couple counties in my home state. I know it is outside the main area of this website, but believe CS,I may be willing to expand.
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