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You are welcome to use my photographs; however, I cannot claim copyright for most of the family photos. Only the original photographer can claim rights.
Now that FindAGrave has "shared" its data with Ancestry you may find my images already posted there. All I ask is to check first. Copying here and pasting there will duplicate the images.
20 Feb 2016
Here I go again:
Obituaries are not a primary source of information. They are considered 3rd party sources. Many times the obituary is published before a relative is buried. You can assume that the newspaper has the facts, but without seeing the grave you do not know for sure if that person is actually buried in a given cemetery. Errors are made and facts can change before the actual burial. For example a cremation is substituted; the newspaper has already published the obituary. Photographs need to be mentioned too. The holder of the negative has copyright. An original photo included online belongs to the person who possesses it. You have to obtain permission to add it to a memorial.
Family members do not have time to add a memorial to FaG until after the actual burial and can travel back home. The family grieves and then finds a memorial already created! We grieve again that we can’t create our own… Just because someone woke up early and then read an obituary! Did you Find-a-Grave or Find an Obituary?
Usually an obituary is not a biography. Words cost money, thus many facts are not contained in a condensed version of a person’s life. They often contain names of living relatives… They have rights and need not be included in this public data site. It aids identity thieves as do the original obituary. I concede that 100 year old obituaries aid in finding relatives but the author or newspaper owns the copyright.
Years ago FaG insisted that obituaries were not allowed to be posted to their site either as a scanned image or a transcribed, copy-n-paste version. The “rules” now are “spelled out”:
Rule as of Dec 20, 2016
Can I add a memorial from a newspaper obituary or other 3rd party source?
Find A Grave does not discourage the legitimate indexing of the deceased through obituaries or other 3rd party accounts. Newspapers represent a very good source of information as a public record.
What we ask is that those who index and memorialize the deceased from newspapers and other 3rd party accounts do so with full respect of:
2. Refrain from adding information about living people
3. Respond generously to the family of the deceased.
When adding an obituary you should obtain permission from the copyright holder. You should also cite the source and date. If anyone related to the deceased feel unsatisfied with Find A Grave or the memorial manager, we ask that they contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for satisfactory resolution.