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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Goodey View Post
    People worry too much about copyright. You're not pirating the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

    If I were you I'd just get on with it. If anyone complains you can always apologise.
    Sorry, but I have to disagree with you, although I may be shot down in flames. I rely on images for my business heavily and we are constantly in our industry having pursue copyright theft. There is too much of the "it doesn't matter" attitude. It does matter, and I am glad the poster is concerned and responsible enough to check before going ahead.

    Copyright is usually okay if you use the item for your own use and nothing else and no profit, but once you start to profit and distribute it, especially as your own work it becomes an issue.

    Think on when somebody copies all your family trees and published family photographs without your permission and you are then on the board here complaining that somebody has done it. Its no different. But then if you see copyright theft as okay, you perhaps won't be worried!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raineshoe View Post
    There is too much of the "it doesn't matter" attitude. It does matter, and I am glad the poster is concerned and responsible enough to check before going ahead.
    I quite agree with raineshoe. There’s no problem with copyright. There are ‘fair dealing’ rules to allow you to publish reasonable amounts of a work without asking permission, but transcribing whole chunks of other peoples’ work is plain wrong if you can reasonably find out who owns the copyright (otherwise you put in a disclaimer such as you often see in books where the copyright of a photo can’t be traced).

    I’ve found that if you want to use the copyright on something that is not currently an important revenue stream for the copyright owner, you only need to ask them for permission and most times they’re thrilled that you’ve seen their work and they don’t dream of charging a fee- as long as you yourself are not going to make a pile of money out of it.

    I’ve two published works which are still in print and on sale and both have been put on the web - Google Books ‘nicked’ one - somehow they tumbled to the fact that I’ll never be rich enough to sue them!

    So ask permission if it’s required, always acknowledge the author/source and, as raineshoe says, put yourself in the shoes of the person who created the ‘work’ you want to copy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malcolm99 View Post
    I’ve found that if you want to use the copyright on something that is not currently an important revenue stream for the copyright owner, you only need to ask them for permission and most times they’re thrilled that you’ve seen their work and they don’t dream of charging a fee- as long as you yourself are not going to make a pile of money out of it.

    So ask permission if it’s required, always acknowledge the author/source and, as raineshoe says, put yourself in the shoes of the person who created the ‘work’ you want to copy.


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    Exactly Malcolm, its just a matter of being a decent person.

    If anyone ever asks to use my pictures I usually allow it without question if its of my own daughter, although as we face paint its difficult to allow use of pics of other peoples children these days as you have to ask permission to take the picture and therefore anyone copying it does not have permission and I cannot in those circumstances allow use. Sad state of affairs!!

    What I find most annoying is when people just assume they can take them. I have just had someone remove pictures of products that she had lifted from my online shop site to use on hers. If she'd asked, as a colleague in the theatrical makeup business I'd have probably said yes go ahead. But have sent her full weight of the copyright law and forced removal. I will now never allow her use of these images ever unless she pays for their use. If ony she'd asked.

    As for my family tree all pictures that don't belong to me I've asked the person I got them from if I can use them on the web site and I have put a note courtesy of.... Everybody's happy then.

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    I have only just caught up with these replies, as my request was some time ago.

    As you are aware, I did ask opinions which were varied, but I erred on the side of caution and checked as far as I was able. It turns out that the people who produced the lists concerned are deceased, and the business that took over (who have no connection) aren't interested. So I am satisfied that I have done all that I could.

    I also run a couple of websites, one of which has many photographs that have been given to me to copy and use. I have a page for acknowledgements and list everyone who had either donated photos or information, indeed, help of any description. I wouldn't want it any other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by busyglen View Post
    I have only just caught up with these replies, as my request was some time ago.

    As you are aware, I did ask opinions which were varied, but I erred on the side of caution and checked as far as I was able. It turns out that the people who produced the lists concerned are deceased, and the business that took over (who have no connection) aren't interested. So I am satisfied that I have done all that I could.

    I also run a couple of websites, one of which has many photographs that have been given to me to copy and use. I have a page for acknowledgements and list everyone who had either donated photos or information, indeed, help of any description. I wouldn't want it any other way.

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    Not getting at you Glenys glad you bothered to ask and find out and be a responsible person. You should be commended for taking the time and trouble.

    It just really irritates me when people have such a blase attitude to copyright theft with the "just copy it and if anyone complains apologise". Its not good enough.

    Its mainly from my business side that I have trouble with image theft etc and its so nice to see someone make the effort to check, although in your instance there is a limit to what you can do if they have all pegged it. All you can do then is credit the people with a mention. From experience there is nothing more infuriating than finding your images plastered everywhere. Unfortuantely, the business I am in is very visual and we do need to display pictures so people can see what they are getting, but anything that is particularly special to me I never put on the web.

    Good luck with your project. I wish you all the success with it, you deserve it!!!!

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    The 1953, 1957 and 1964 directories are almost certainly still covered by copyright and should not be copied without consent.

    Even if the author’s are dead now their heirs are the new copyright owners and are entitled to benefit from that.

    In addition the works could even be covered by the Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997 (though doubtful) which gives a 15 year “copyright on the collected facts” so even if you change the order in your transcription you could still be in breach and liable.

    Remember ignorance of the law is no defence.
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    Hey, might not have any heirs!!!! LOL

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    Thanks for that info Guy.

    I'm beginning to wish I hadn't started this!

    I `believe' that the gentleman that printed these lists, and who was at the time an Estate Agent, died around the 1970s. He had previously sold the Agency to another firm, with no connections. I know he had a daughter who married and I believe she moved abroad, but I have no idea where, and I do not have the resources to find out. My desire to help other people is slowly begining to feel that it's not worth the effort.

    A copy of these lists are also in our local library, (although I did not get my information from there) and are I suspect copied by people at various times. So......why am I bothering?

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