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Sometimes we would like to include our information sources within our articles on the Wiki. We may want to include transciptions of wills, marriage records, or portions of certain publications that relate to our ancestors. That raises questions of copyright. Here are some specific questions that I'd like to know the answers to
 
Sometimes we would like to include our information sources within our articles on the Wiki. We may want to include transciptions of wills, marriage records, or portions of certain publications that relate to our ancestors. That raises questions of copyright. Here are some specific questions that I'd like to know the answers to
   
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Here are a few "for instances":
:1. If someone prepares a compilation of wills for a particular county, and that information is posted on the net, can you extract a particular will from that electronic source, and place it in an article you have prepared about your great great grandfather?
 
   
 
:If someone prepares a compilation of wills for a particular county, and that information is posted on the net, can you extract a particular will from that electronic source, and place it in an article you have prepared about your great great grandfather?
:2. If you want to show the lay of the land for the location where your great great grandfather lived,
 
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:If you want to show the lay of the land for the location where your great great grandfather lived,
   
 
::Can you insert a map from [http://maps.google.com/maps GoogleMaps], or say Topozone?
 
::Can you insert a map from [http://maps.google.com/maps GoogleMaps], or say Topozone?
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::In the case of USGS maps, since these are government property, does Google have any right to restrict your use of these maps, even if you immediate source is Google?
 
::In the case of USGS maps, since these are government property, does Google have any right to restrict your use of these maps, even if you immediate source is Google?
   
:3. If [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry], or [http://books.google.com/books?ie=UTF8&z=4&om=1&tab=lp GoogleBooks], prepares an electronic copy of a work now out of copyright, can you copy portions of that elctronic version of the work into an article? Is it copyright protected?
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:If [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry], or [http://books.google.com/books?ie=UTF8&z=4&om=1&tab=lp GoogleBooks], prepares an electronic copy of a work now out of copyright, can you copy portions of that elctronic version of the work into an article? Is it copyright protected?
   
:4. When the [http://www.usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb], or other genealogical sites post an item on one of its county pages, an uncopyrighted will for example, it includes a statement about how you may use the item, and what you have to do if you want to place it on another site. They often say something like "you have to secure permission from the person who transcribed this from the original".
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:When the [http://www.usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb], or other genealogical sites post an item on one of its county pages, an uncopyrighted will for example, it includes a statement about how you may use the item, and what you have to do if you want to place it on another site. They often say something like "you have to secure permission from the person who transcribed this from the original". Are you so required? Does their "publication" of the will renew its copyright? Was it ever in copyright in the first place?
::Are you so required?
 
::Does their "publication" of the will renew its copyright?
 
::Was it ever in copyright in the first place?
 
   
 
Inquiring minds want to know. [[User:WMWillis|Bill]] 18:46, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
 
Inquiring minds want to know. [[User:WMWillis|Bill]] 18:46, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

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