. . . . . . . . . . Find A Grave Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . Regarding copyright, Find A Grave states that . . . "We respect copyright laws as well as the ethics of 'giving credit where credit is due'."
Regarding cemetery photos added to Find A Grave by volunteer photographers, they say that (and I quote) . . .
"Contributors will retain copyright over any photos added to Find A Grave. It will still be wrong for someone to 'steal' a photo from Find A Grave and post it [on] other websites as if it were their own." . . . . . . . . . . The personal family photos I have shared on Find A Grave are already in the Ancestry.com database. If you would like to have any of these photos appear in your own AMT*, please contact me via Ancestry and I will invite you to the BeNotForgot AMT. That way you will be able to simply link to the photos from my existing AMT, and when the photos appear in your AMT, the relevant source and background information for each of the photos will be automatically attached to the image. Thanks, y'all!
*AMT = Ancestry Member Tree . . . . . . . . . . Regarding photos taken by BeNotForgot, as long as proper credit is given, I do give permission for you to borrow* my cemetery photos for your own personal not-for-profit family history projects.
In my case, that simply means including a note each and every time you re-post one of my photos saying something like . . . "Photo by BeNotForgot as shared via Find A Grave."
* "Borrowing" means you have received permission from the creator to use a photo or story, and are acknowledging the original source of the creation. "Stealing" happens (even if it is unintentional) when you "share" somebody else's creation (e.g., photos or stories) under your own name as if it were your own work. . . . . . . . . . . Regarding a certain little country cemetery in central Texas, mayhaps you will enjoy reading An Ode to My Family History. . . . . . . . . . . For those who wonder about such things . . . the # of memorials managed is higher than the # of memorials created due to a few members who decided to transfer a large number of their memorials to multiple findagrave contributors . . . and I was honored to be one of the contributors trusted to look after some of those pages . . . many have now been transferred on to family members. . . . . . . . . . .