A well known web site has a link to images that contain nearly 100 years of marriage records from the village where my wife's grandfather is from. These records are in a long format and some are handwritten in script. All of them are in Italian. :: FamilyTreeCircles.com Genealogy
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A well known web site has a link to images that contain nearly 100 years of marriage records from the village where my wife's grandfather is from. These records are in a long format and some are handwritten in script. All of them are in Italian.

Question by fcedotal

I plan to create an index of these records (in English). Each line will contain the details for one marriage:
Date
Groom/Bride
Name
Age
Birthplace
Father's name
Mother's name
If I publish this index, what is my responsibility to the web site. Do I just acknowledge them in the book I am going to create? Or is it more than tha?
Faron P. Cedotal

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on 2019-12-11 22:37:41

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by Scott_J on 2019-12-12 21:52:44

First, I'm not a lawyer.

Boy, things get muddy with the scanning and indexing of public records.

If you are taking the images that came from public records and are transcribing them into your own format, and especially compiling it with other research, I see very little risk in doing this.

You can start to get into trouble if you publish their images (which presumably they invested time and money in scanning them) or any other proprietary information that they may have created using these images.

I don't really think you even need to credit the website, unless you are using any of their images in a "fair use" sort of way.

Are you planning to sell the book? If you turn others' work into commercial product, then the stakes get higher. But still, this seems like a non-issue if there's no IP here.

Do the terms of the website address this? Here's what Ancestry's says on the matter.

Ancestry does not claim an exclusive right to images already in the public domain that it has converted into a digital format. However, the Websites contain images or documents that are protected by copyrights or that, even if in the public domain, are subject to restrictions on reuse. By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, you agree to not reuse these images or documents except that you may reuse public domain images so long as you only use small portions of the images or documents for personal use. If you republish public domain images, you agree to credit the relevant Ancestry Website as the source of the digital image, unless additional specific restrictions apply. If you wish to republish more than a small portion of the images or documents from any of the Websites, you agree to obtain prior written permission from us.

Last, I'm not a lawyer. Did I mention that? :)

If you are going big with an expensive book production, it might be a good idea to spend a bit of money to talk to one. Because the thing is, which I've learned the hard way, you don't need to have actually done anything wrong to open yourself up to legal action. Just defending yourself and proving that you're doing nothing wrong can get very expensive.

by fcedotal on 2019-12-13 21:22:33

Thanks for the response.
The images are in the public domain AND I do NOT intend to use the images. I am translating from Italian into English and creating an index of just the names, dates and places involved on the images.
I could not find anything on the web site that addressed this type of issue.

I do intend to produce a book and sell it, but expect any profit to be minimum if any at all.

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