I have been ripped off, and so have a number of other genealogy authors. A sharp-eyed newsletter reader passed along a web site address that is in serious violation of copyrights. It seems that Genealogy, Hunt for Ancestors at http://www.targetdates.com is copying articles from this newsletter and other genealogy blogs. The articles are being posted on http://www.targetdates.com without permission of or credit to the original authors. It appears that the owner of Genealogy, Hunt for Ancestors hopes to generate a profit by attracting people to the site and then displaying Google ads to them.
If you write a genealogy blog, you might want to visit http://www.targetdates.com to see if your articles are being republished without permission.
I can't speak for the other genealogy bloggers whose articles are showing up on Genealogy, Hunt for Ancestors. However, I will remind everyone that copyrights apply to all information posted on the web. No one can ever republish articles without permission, unless the owner specifically states otherwise.
Unlike many bloggers, I do give permission for many of my articles to be republished elsewhere for non-commercial purposes, assuming that certain restrictions are followed. In this case, the restrictions are not being followed.
Here is a copy-and-paste from my copyright statement on http://www.eogn.com, click on "Copyrights":
The contents of this newsletter are copyright by Richard W. Eastman with the following exception:
Many of the articles published in these newsletters contain quotes or references from others, especially from other Web sites, software user's manuals, press releases and other public announcements. Any words in this newsletter attributed to another person or organization remain the copyrighted materials of the original author(s).
This document is provided for informational purposes only. The information contained in this document represents the views of Richard W. Eastman with one exception: words written by other authors and republished herein are the views solely of those authors. All information provided in this document is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. The reader assumes the entire risk as to the accuracy and the use of this document.
You are hereby granted rights, unless otherwise specified, to re-distribute articles from this newsletter to other parties provided:
- You do so strictly for non-commercial purposes
- Articles marked with a Plus Sign (+) are not to be redistributed. Those articles are solely for the use of Plus Edition subscribers.
- 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.
Also, please include the following statement with any articles you re-distribute:
The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2006 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com.
Anyone complying with the above does not need to ask permission in advance.
Permission to use the words in this document for commercial purposes usually is granted. However, commercial use requires advance authorization.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Since Genealogy, Hunt for Ancestors is paid by Google ads, it qualifies as a commercial web site.