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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)
 
===Some answers===
 
I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice, but recommendations based upon having studied the issues. Here are some articles about copyrights that may prove enlightinging
 
* [http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html Government Copyright FAQ]
 
*[http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html 10 myths] about copyrights.
 
* The orgirinal [http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html Copyright laws].
 
* [http://ancestry.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/ancestry.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=659&p_created=1013414400&p_sid=8xeu*kzi&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MyZwX3Byb2RzPTAmcF9jYXRzPSZwX3B2PSZwX2N2PSZwX3NlYXJjaF90eXBlPWFuc3dlcnMuc2VhcmNoX25sJnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9Y29weXJpZ2h0&p_li=&p_topview=1 genealogical] copyright
 
* [http://ancestry.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/ancestry.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=553&p_created=1013414400&p_sid=8xeu*kzi&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MyZwX3Byb2RzPTAmcF9jYXRzPSZwX3B2PSZwX2N2PSZwX3NlYXJjaF90eXBlPWFuc3dlcnMuc2VhcmNoX25sJnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9Y29weXJpZ2h0&p_li=&p_topview=1 this article] on genealogical sharing standards]
 
 
A1: In theory the will and testament is copyright by the person who wrote it. However, many municipalities make legal documents public domain. Material written before about 1912 (95 years from publication) is no longer in copyright, but later than that is questionable.
 
 
People who create a collection of existing material may claim a compilation copyright. The fact that they've organized a set of material is a specific fashion is under their copyright even if the material isn't. As long as you can document the copied material isn't under the compilation copyright (i.e. any of the text added by the compiler, layout, organization, etc). you should be able to copy the material.
 
 
I would put a warning on this because some people may feel that since it's ok to copy parts of a document or website, it's ok to copy the entire thing.
 
 
A2: The map data Google Maps provides must be used under their [http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/help/terms_maps.html Terms of service], which clearly states you may not copy or create deriviative works. Wikia does have an [[wikia:GoogleMaps Extension|GoogleMaps Extension]] which allow posting a Google map from Google inline to the page. So there is a way to post Google Maps legally and easily.
 
 
The answer to the USGS maps via Google is tricker. Google Maps is quite clear on the licence. But if you find a map (USGS or otherwise) via Google Image search, you may or may not be able to copy it depending upon the source.
 
 
USGS maps are public domian, but it is the responsibility of the person posting the map to this wiki to make sure they are posting a USGS map and not one derived (and copyrighted) by someone else.
 
 
A3: In theory this falls under the description of compilation copyright. They have organized other (public domain or not) works. If you can demonstrate the work being copied is public domain, then is should be OK.
 
 
A4: Again this, in theory, falls under the compilation copyright law. The fact that someone transcribed a will or other article does not grant them copyright to it.
 
 
In conclusion, while it is possible to publish public domain documents on the wiki, it is the responsibility of the poster to make sure what they are posting is, in fact, public domin material. If you find an article on another web site, the polite thing to do is ask permission to copy the information to wiki.
 
 
[[User:Tjoneslo|Tjoneslo]] 17:51, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
 
 
 
:That's a pretty impressive answer from a non-lawyer. Thanks for all the links! [[User:Robin Patterson|Robin Patterson]] 01:59, 12 June 2007 (UTC)
 
 
:Yes, Indeed. And I see that I failed to express my appreciation for the response. I do appreciate the insight given. Its very helpful. [[User:WMWillis|Bill]] 02:12, 12 June 2007 (UTC)
 

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