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15 March 2010

Copyright and Copy Wrong

This is not meant for readers as readers of my site were not the problem. It was not a "fan" or a "follower" who used my whole body of tips on their site under the guise of it "helped me get more attention." When you put a big fat ad between the tip and my name, that doesn't make it clear. When you include the website name, but do not include an active link, it makes the chance that someone actually visits my site very small. I was raised in the sticks, but I'm not stupid.

Just because it is not on paper, does not that copyright does not apply.
Just because you can copy and past it in two seconds does not mean that you should.
Just because you can "incorporate an entire RSS feed" into your website does not mean that you should.

The tips at Genealogy Tip of the Day are copyrighted material. Are the ideas copyrighted? No, of course not. I can't copyright an idea anymore than I can copyright the fact that "2+2=4." But the whole body of the website is copyrighted and the individual tips are as well.

I'm very grateful for those who share "Tip of the Day" with others who may be interested. There are several ways they can be shared with others, without violating copyright. I am MOST APPRECIATIVE of those who have shared this website with others.

Genealogy Tip of the Day is free to all to use. I make a little (emphasis on little) bit of revenue from the ads hosted here. That is ok with me, I'm not planning on getting rich from genealogy. But don't put your stuff on my site, plaster your own ads all over it, and tell me it was good for me.

If you want to use A tip in a publication, simply indicate the day it was published, quote it exactly, indicate it came from Genealogy Tip of the Day at http://genealogytipoftheday.blogspot.com/ by Michael John Neill. Contact me personally at mjnrootdig@gmail.com if you want to use more than one.

There's a wonderful Yiddish saying that goes: “You can't piss on my back and tell me it's rain.” This is the one time, I'll use one of those words on this website, but I'm really irritated and the saying is appropriate. We will maintain our G rating with future postings.