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From: "Elissa Scalise Powell, CG" <>
Subject: "Free" advertising
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 12:13:40 -0400
In-Reply-To: <003e01c666d6$4078f060$2f01a8c0@sandy>

The concern is NOT about royalties (since Repeat Performance has not been
paying them anyway) but about PERMISSION. As Lynne Darrouzet, JD, CG says,
"Why is it so hard to ask permission?"

Your supposition that you are helping the speaker by advertising is a good
intention gone awry. Perhaps the speaker does not want that lecture
advertised. Suppose a new discovery, theory or a previous error has come up
and the lecture needs to be discontinued in favor of a new revised one that
the lecturer is now giving. How are you helping the genealogical world or
these society members by giving them bad information that if the lecturer
was asked for permission would have a chance to correct?

Look at it this way: We all rail against people who take our genealogical
works and either don't give us credit or pass it off as their own, or in an
innocent sense of "helping," don't let us know they are putting it on the
internet with our name attached, warts, living folks, and all! Are these not
infringements of ethics if not "copyright"? No royalties here either!

Please just have the courtesy to ask for permission and discuss with the
lecturer your intended use. The "free" advertising can cause other problems
which I have experienced and which cost me more time and headache than it
was worth. Give the lecturer the courtesy to make the decision to accept
your "free" advertising or not.

Best wishes,

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
CG and Certified Genealogist are Service Marks of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists used under license after periodic evaluations
by the Board. http://www.BCGcertification.org/

-----Original Message-----
From: mybones [mailto:]
Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2006 9:03 AM

I'd like to present a hypothetical situation.
Let's say I legally purchase an audio or video recording and present it at a
genealogical society meeting of, say, 30 people. The concern seems to be
that the speaker is missing out on the royalties from that talk.
Of all the recordings made at all the conferences, what are the chances that
any of those 30 people would have, at some time in the future, gone out and
purchased that same recording? Close to nil. Yet if I was willing to share
that recording with fellow society members, it would be because I thought
others would benefit from it. There might be a member of the audience who
finds the recording so valuable that they might ask how they can get a copy
to review for themselves. Or someone might have enjoyed the speaker so much
that they now want to purchase other talks done by the same person. Or when
they attend conferences from now on, they'll look for recordings when they
may not have done so otherwise.
I guess I just don't see why recorded speakers are so adamant about this. I
see it as free advertising.

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