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From: "John Lancaster" <>
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] Obit Postings
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 00:43:28 -0500
You're correct, Jim. If the family wrote the obit, it is, technically,
theirs; especially after 1984.
> I know for a fact that the local funeral home took the written words that
> wrote for my father, added their funeral home address at the bottom of the
> obit and the family was charged a fee to post the obit in the local
> newspaper. If the family writes the words or the funeral home, how can
> local newspaper charge a fee for posting and claim a copyright. They only
> know what they are handled, so if anyone should own the copyright it
> be the family that pays for the publishing. And thus...if one was to be
> for copyright infringement -- it should be the family who compose the
> information to begin with.
> I will keep posting for the history of the family who composed the
> information. Besides, does anyone know of a rich genealogist? They would
> waste their time. There's no profit in genealogy, unless you are a
> professional researcher and charge by the hour.