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Subject: Re: [APG] Copyright Mavens - 1700s & 1800s documents
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 13:26:07 EST

I've seen this before also with a descendant of a Protestant minister who
inherited his private register and hoarded it for many years trying to make
money on it. There wasn't really a copyright issue--just an issue of possession
and refusal to release the data.


In a message dated 2/8/2009 1:07:23 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,

Ok, this makes a little more sense to me because I've heard of several
situations with records owned by the Catholic Church. I believe the thinking
behind the "copyright" is that vital records created under the umbrella of the
Catholic Church, as a private entity, can be protected because they are the
records of just that-a private religious group. They're not the records of a
public government and so aren't treated as records for the public to which
everyone has a right to view.

I haven't worked with Catholic records myself yet so I could be way off on
this. Hopefully someone with experience in Catholic records can clarify a bit

Nicole LaRue

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