COPYRIGHTS and Other Legal Things

Copying Articles from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

I think my copyright statement is a bit different from most others. Here is the brief version:

Take it. You are free to copy my words from any Standard Edition article to any non-commercial web site or message board or printed publication you wish. Don’t bother to ask permission, just do it.

There are a few caveats, however:

  1. I do ask that you credit this newsletter as the source of the words. I think it would be nice if you mentioned both my name and the newsletter’s web site: http://www.eogn.com. Copying articles from any web site or printed publication without crediting the original author(s) might be illegal and always is in poor taste. Don’t do it.
  2. Articles marked with a Plus Sign (+) in the title are not to be redistributed. Those articles are solely for the use of this newsletter’s Plus Edition subscribers.
  3. You may not republish any articles containing words attributed to another person or organization until you obtain permission from that person or organization. While you do have permission to republish words written by Richard W. Eastman, you do not have automatic authority to republish words written by others, even if their words appear in this newsletter.
  4. You may republish OCCASIONAL articles. Republishing two or three articles per month is acceptable. Wholesale copying and republishing of dozens of articles per month is never allowed for any purpose without advance permission.
  5. If you want to use my articles on a commercial web site, including any web site that contains advertising, just ask. I usually say “yes” but I do want to know where and how each article will be used.

Anyone complying with the above does not need to ask permission in advance for non-commercial uses. Just do it.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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