[APG Public List] Copyright and obits

LBoswell laboswell at rogers.com
Wed Nov 4 14:34:42 MST 2009


Yes, that's it.  I started looking at the issue of copyright and obits, and 
ended up browsing through multiple sites.  In the end I don't think I really 
found anything that was conclusive.  It's one of those things that sits on 
the edge of defined copyright territory.

thanks

Larry
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Pat Asher
  To: LBoswell
  Cc: Stephen Danko ; apgpubliclist at apgen.org
  Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 4:11 PM
  Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Copyright and obits


  At 03:00 PM 11/4/2009, LBoswell wrote:
  >There is on the internet an unverified account of an attempted
  >copyright suit between two newspapers. One was reprinting the
  >other's obits. The judge threw out the suit saying that copyright
  >could equally be assigned to the funeral home who wrote the obits.
  >Apologies for not having the link as I just read it and moved on.

  Larry,

  I'm guessing you're thinking of the Times-Tribune vs Times Leader
  lawsuit, both PA newspapers.
  http://obituaryforum.blogspot.com/2008/11/times-tribune-claims-newspaper.html

  While the Judge dismissed the majority of the claims in September,
  the lawsuit has been allowed to move forward on the remaining claims.
  http://www.standardspeaker.com/news/judge_dismisses_some_counts_in_newspaper_s_lawsuit_against_competitor

  It will be interesting to watch.

  Pat Asher
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