APG-L ArchivesArchiver > APG > 2009-02 > 1235110959
Subject: Re: [APG] FW: Google Alert - "Elizabeth Shown Mills"
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 00:22:39 -0600
>I believe what is happening here is that our APG posts ARE public
>Posts to RootsWeb lists are only "public" in the sense that anyone can view
them in the list archives or on the list via email if they are a list
subscriber. Otherwise, the individual posts are copyrighted to the
poster/author and the collective list archives are the property of
RootsWeb/TGN--and not to be copied. Many years ago some will remember a
legal issue that was pursued and RootsWeb won--offsite archiving of list
posts is NOT permitted unless these are posts you yourself made or you have
permission of the poster to do so.
Joan, the posts are "public" enough that they are included in a standard
Google Search. Googling for the topic that started this thread, "Confusion
with the Various Definitions of Original Source" turns up Mark's blog in the
No. 1 position and the APG-L thread as No. 2.) But, of course, you're right
about RootsWeb list-serve postings not being public DOMAIN material.
Out of curiosity, I Googled for various recent APG postings. The only ones
for the past week that popped up were ones that had been reproduced (or
mentioned) on blogs. However, every APG-L post I tested from last Thursday
backwards do show up in a regular Google search.