Genealogists often republish materials from old books as well as from archives, courthouses Web sites, and other sources. Sadly, many modern day genealogists simply ignore copyright laws. Doing so can result in an unpleasant notice from a law firm appearing in your mailbox. The laws that limit someone’s right to copy a work have changed in recent years. Your awareness of the current laws can protect you from land mines of liability as you prepare your research for publication.
Here is one of the most important issues concerning copyrights, as written by an attorney:
Copyright protection does not last forever. That is why copyright is often called a "limited monopoly.”
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