|Welcome to our copyright and genealogy site.
Hopefully there will be something of use to you here.
Genealogy, by its
nature, requires the use of pre-existing material. Proper
use of the appropriate pre-existing material for purposes
such as genealogy is not copyright infringement. A little
study of copyright law can, in many cases, help understand
what is and is not proper use.
Copyright issues can be truly confounding and
misunderstood. These pages are intended to help on-line genealogy
researchers understand some of the important aspects of the law.
Of course, since I am not a lawyer and have no legal training,
the information on this site cannot be considered to be legal
Copyright is never perfectly simple. There are no
quick and streamlined answers. If copyright issues arise that you
are unable to address, consultation with an attorney may be
Along with the discussion here, pages are included for
reference with text of significance from copyright related legal
documents, specifically copyright law, Supreme Court and other court
opinions, and the Constitution of the United States.