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From: "Sharyn Hay" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] (OT) Re Obits
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 08:12:39 -0700
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In other words, Gary, if someone copies an obituary
from one of these sources and posts it to a list, thus
stealing potential revenue from the newspaper's obit
site, are they not in violation of the copyright at that

Most paid obit sites have a very clear copyright
statement posted on the site and I have seen some obits
on this list which listed a URL. When I went to the URL
there was a very clear copyright statement posted at the
site. I even sent a copy of one to Uncle Fred. That is
why the suggestion has been made here, and on other lists,
that only the info covered by the Freedom of Information
Act (names, dates, locations) be posted instead of full
obits. Just because it is a lot of work to send copies of
full obits privately (which, if copied from a *paid site*, is
also illegal), does not make it right to post copyrighted
info (which is the narrative portion, not the names, dates,
and locations). The argument that individuals pay for obits
in some papers, and thus own them, is true. However, when
they come from a newspaper site which declares a copyright,
it is a much different story.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Boivin" <>
To: "Sharyn Hay" <>; <>
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2003 7:43 AM
Subject: Re: [Q-R] (OT) Re Obits

> Many of the New England newspaper sites require you to be a local subscriber
> to their newspaper or to pay a subscription fee in order to access the Obits
> section on line.
> Used to be that many Quebec newspapers could be accessed from one site and
> their archives went back 3 or 4 years (and were expanding). Now they only
> list the current ones and charge to access the older ones. Guess someone has
> to pay those wages.
> At one time one could access the Archives of The Sudbury Star and find Death
> Notices back to the 1920's but now they only post the new ones and charge to
> access the Archives.
> I've seen prices from $2.50 to $10.00 for each obit.

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