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From: "Barbara Mathews" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Author's Rights and Submitting to Journals
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:35:24 -0500
>> All this talk about writing has prompted me to ask a question about
I think this question is worth asking in a broader context as well. Several
years ago as a local genealogy society was gearing up its web presence, it
hired six people to write columns for the site on the six New England
states. After I saw the contract I requested some changes. It turned out
that one other columnist also requested changes. The new contract --
possibly sent to only the CT and VT columnists -- answered all the concerns
that both of us had expressed.
As a result, I received permission to post the columns on my own website six
months after they were put out on the society's website. I hadn't thought
about that but realized at once what a brilliant idea the VT columnist had
had. Now I try to get permission to use newsletter or web columns on my own
site either immediately or after a limited period. [Note, too, that other
sites such as Wikipedia then link to the content on my site -- which moves
my site up in the Google results. Nice and unexpected outcome.]
My take on this is that sometimes it isn't the formal ownership of copyright
that is limiting, but rather the agreements to which we come about how the
material can be used.
I hope I am clear and making sense to you all on this.
Barbara J. Mathews, CG *
P.O. Box 399
Lexington, MA 02420
*CG and Certified Genealogist are service marks of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists and are used under license by Board-certified
associates who meet program standards and periodic competency evaluations.
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