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From: Michael Hait <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Obituaries and Newspapers
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:46:45 -0400
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Obviously we all appreciate the work you do as Member Benefits Coordinator
for APG.

However, were you aware that professional genealogists could not use
GenealogyBank for professional use at the time that you approached them? Did
they make it clear to you when you asked for a discounted rate for APG
members that this was their policy?

Personally, I question the appropriateness of offering a discount to this
site as a "benefit" of membership, when APG members---the vast majority of
whom conduct research for clients---are explicitly barred from using the
site for business purposes. APG is a professional organization, not a
discount warehouse for hobby tools.

Michael Hait, CG(sm)
"Planting the Seeds" Blog:

CG and Certified Genealogist are service marks of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants
after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in
the US Patent & Trademark Office.
-----Original Message-----
From: Kerry Scott
Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 5:41 PM
Cc: List
Subject: Re: [TGF] Obituaries and Newspapers

I'm the volunteer Member Benefits Coordinator for APG.
agreed to provide a 20% discount to APG members because I asked them to. I
badgered them for months to get that discount. I'm not a lawyer, but I
don't believe that meets any definition of entrapment. Additionally, it
sounds like GenealogyBank is being pretty clear about the fact that this
part of their TOS is required by their agreements with the people who
provide the content. The people who have the records have considerable
power to decide what's done with them, and they can decide not to make them
available to any company who doesn't want to play by their rules.

Incidentally, I've approached a number of companies about providing
discounts to APG members. One of the bits of feedback I've received is the
idea that this group is rather critical of the companies who serve them,
and that providing a discount might not be the best use of their funds for
that reason. There's a sense that no good deed goes unpunished. If anyone
feels entrapped by the 20% discount this company offers...well, I'm very,
very sorry to hear that.

Kerry Scott <>;

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