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From: Rob Wilson <>
Subject: Re: [UK-Burbage] OLD GRAVES - and copyright issues
Date: 20 Oct 2003 21:50:54 +0100
On Mon, 2003-10-20 at 20:29, Jim Russell wrote:
I'd be glad to type in the information.
Grand Rapids, MI
That's good to hear, but first we need people on the ground to
But Colin mentioned that WFHS has done a transcription already - I
wasn't aware of that!
Colin asked about views on copyright. In my ideal world people (like
us!) would give their time freely to generate information for others to
use - with the proviso that they would use it freely and NOT SELL IT.
A similar scheme operates with "free" software - I quote from the GNU
web site (http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html):
* The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
* The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your
needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
* The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor
* The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to
the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to
the source code is a precondition for this.
A program is free software if users have all of these freedoms. Thus,
you should be free to redistribute copies, either with or without
modifications, either gratis or charging a fee for distribution
I wish family history could be like this - volunteers do the work, the
society (or whatever) charges only for distribution costs. If you,
having bought or downloaded a pack of information, choose to pass it on,
for free or at cost, then that's fair. Anybody who tries to make a
living out of selling on this information should be strung up.
Anyway, that was my philosophy when I started the Burbage stuff - it
wasn't just me, lots of people contributed. But I was always a little
worried about copyright of the original baptism etc records. I suspect
that since we generated (and published) just an index then the copyright
no longer applies?
All for now, Rob
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