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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, November 4, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio Episode 42

Copyright and Genealogy – Yours, Mine and Ours

Friday, November 4, 2011
9pm-10:30pm Eastern US
8-9:30pm Central US
7-8:30pm Mountain US
6-7:30pm Pacific US
2am London UK
1pm Saturday Sydney AUS

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Copyright and Genealogy – Yours, Mine and Ours

Our special guests will include: Dick Eastman, author and founder of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter who will discuss the current problem of copyright violations when it comes to blog posts and content. Jonathan Bailey of the Plagiarism Today site will be with us to discuss resources available for learning more about copyright law and dealing with content theft. And attorney, genealogist and blogger James Tanner of the Genealogy’s Star blog will help us understand some of the intricacies of US copyright law and how it applies to your genealogy research.



Dick Eastman
Dick Eastman

Dick Eastman has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years. He has worked in the computer industry for more than 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions. By the early 1970’s, Dick was already using a mainframe computer to enter his family data on punch cards. He built his first home computer in 1980.

He is now the author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, which is read by more than 60,000 genealogists all over the world. The newsletter also expanded to two versions: a free version supported by advertising at and a subscription-based Plus Edition at


Jonathan Bailey

Jonathan Bailey 

Jonathan Bailey is the creator of Plagiarism Today, “a site targeted at Webmasters and copyright holders regarding the issue of plagiarism online. Though it deals with many legal issues, in particular the DMCA and copyright law, it is not a legal blog and is, instead, a blog regarding a societal ill the effects may never be fully understood or comprehended.”

Jonathan’s background: “I was born in Sumter, South Carolina and raised in and around Columbia. Growing up, I was an A/B student that did about equally well in science and humanities courses. In 2002 I graduated with BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. Though my major was advertising, most of my time was spent as a print journalism major and, initially, I wanted to work for a newspaper’s Web department, bringing journalism into the digital age.

In the real world though, I quickly found myself playing a wide range of roles. Over the years I’ve done graphic design, Web page development, IT/support and marketing.

However, writing is, and always has been, my first love. I’ve been writing seriously for over 13 years and have been putting my works on the Web for over eleven. In 1996, I started my third site, Raven’s Rants, a collection of my writing that would eventually give birth to my first book, Raven’s Rants The First Five Years.

However, it was that love for writing and Internet publishing that would eventually bring to my attention the issue of plagiarism on the Web and send me down my current path.”


James Tanner
James Tanner

James Tanner is a retired as an attorney with 37 years of trial experience. His background includes past ownership of computer related businesses, including an Apple dealership. He has been actively involved in genealogical research for about 30 years and is currently very active as a genealogy blogger. His blog, Genealogy’s Star, was selected as one of the top 40 Genealogy Blogs in 2010. He was a featured blogger at RootsTech 2011 and will be again in 2012. He is also a Church Service Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and serves at the Mesa Regional Family History Center in Mesa, Arizona where he teaches weekly classes and help patrons with their genealogical research. He has also made numerous presentations at genealogy seminars and conferences. James is on the support staff of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and is the Moderator for Arizona and Utah. His main interests are genealogy and photography. He is married and has seven children and thirty-one grandchildren.


After Party at!

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That’s right – we’ll be having another fun “after party” over at the genealogy room at ( where the theme will be: Cover Songs. With this evening’s broadcast topic being copyright, why not play classic songs that were “covered” by other artists. No Milli Vanilli please.  Not only can you listen to what others upload to,  but there is an interactive chat room where you can extend the discussion on education or whatever genealogy topic you want!

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