Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Copyright and PERSI

We learn from the Fort Wayne, Indiana Journal Gazette that the Allen County Public Library has partnered with BrightSolid[1]  to continue the PERSI (Periodical Source Index) with an added option - online links to images of pages from those publications.

Ol' Myrt's initial reaction, just reading the headlines?

What a headache to obtain permission from the copyright holders in each publication.

The Journal Gazette quotes ACPL Director Jeff Krull who says  "Because of copyright laws, providing the article would require getting permission from every publisher, difficult at best. But Clegg said Brightsolid has been able to do it in the United Kingdom and believes it can use its model to do so here."

I think obtaining permission is going to be a lot harder than thought. Individual authors may also hold copyright to those articles. For instance, I've permitted some genealogy societies to publish a copyrighted copy of a DearMYRTLE column from AOL or in my blog in their society newsletter or journals. Just how will Brightsolid manage to accomplish contacting not only 6,000 journal editors/publishers but individual authors like Ol' Myrt here? We shall see.

It is one thing for an ACPL genealogy department employees or volunteers making a copy of an article to send to individuals here and there, but to place the article on the web is a different story altogether.

Don't get me wrong - idea is a great one. It would make my research of previously compiled genealogies a whole lot easier.

But we shall see what we shall see.

[1] Dan Stockman, “PERSI scopes out genealogy journals,” The Journal Gazette, posted 14 July 2013 ( accessed 15 July 2013).
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