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From: "John Andrew Prime" <>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Re: Copyright
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 09:00:56 -0500
In-Reply-To: <200210080851.g988pI5H018424@lists5.rootsweb.com>


Actually, if all had taken from him or here was facts --
births, dates, names, etc -- and a little wording, just change the wording
slightly. Only the EXACT presentation the offending firm claims as
copyrighted is "protected," not the factual content, and please remember
that "prior use" is always a valid defense. What is "prior use?" The
offending firm/copyright holder had to get the info somewhere, else it is
fiction and useless to the genealogy world. Ask them who their source is
and, by your account, it must be -- you! Therefore you had it before they
did, and a copyright, in law, exists from the moment YOU wrote down the
stuff, not them. To be absolutely safe, change a word or two here and there.
Then publish and tell the offending firms, if they dare to come after you,
to stuff it. Chances are they won't -- the possibility that you or your
lawyer might try to set yourself up as a "class" of genealogists abused by
these now-big corporations is too great. The big genealogy companies run too
great a risk of losing their goose that lays the golden eggs if that happens
and they lose -- especially now that the big-business aspects of online
genealogy are getting major media attention, i.e. New York Times, USA Today,
etc.

John Andrew Prime
Webmaster, Caddo and Bossier LaGenWeb pages
www.shreve.net/~japrime/lagenweb/caddo.htm
www.shreve.net/~japrime/lagenweb/bossier.htm


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