copy·right (käp´ ē rīt) n. the exclusive right to the publication, production, or sale of the rights to a literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work, or to the use of a commercial print or label, granted by law for a specified period of time to an author, composer, artist, distributor, etc.¹

Here are some articles concerning how copyright pertains to genealogists

Here are a couple of general articles about copyright

Here are a few articles explaining what Fair Use is

Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, CG is an excellent resource

There is a
Copyright Mailing List that you can join on Rootsweb. “Topic: the discussion of copyright issues, particularly as they pertain to genealogical matters (e.g., reprints; fair use; mailing lists; publishing of books, webpages and the like)”

¹Michael Agnes, editor, Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th ed. (Cleveland: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 2001), 322.

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