Copyright Information for Allen INGenWeb Project

Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. Copied from the What Does Copyright Protect? at the U.S. Copyright Office FAQ.

Allen County INGenWeb Project is part of the volunteer INGenWeb Project and USGenWeb Project providing Free online genealogical information since 1996.

We attempt to provide current links to online sources, but mistakes happen. If you find errors or omissions please Contact Allen INGenWeb.

What is Copyright? posted Oct 30, 2019 by the U.S. Copyright Office published January 16, 2019 on YouTube.
Learn about what copyright involves, including what types of works are subject to copyright protection. Additional Resources: Circular 1 – Copyright Basics: For more information on Copyright, visit their website: See also their page What is Copyright?.

Copyright on the Internet posted Oct 30, 2019 by the U.S. Copyright Office published January 16, 2019 on YouTube.
Learn what to do when you find information on the Internet you would like to use. For more information on Copyright, visit their website:

Public Domain

On January 1, 2023, works from 1927 enter the U.S. public domain from Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law .

December 27, 2022 post by Internet Archive on Facebook:

Wondering what's moving into the public domain in the US in just a few days? Our colleagues at Duke Law's Center for the Study of the Public Domain have published their annual review:

Celebrate the public domain with us via virtual & in-person events on January 19 & 20:

Feeling creative? Participate in our Film REMIX contest:

Public Domain: Celebrating the Lifecycle of Copyright video by the U.S. Copyright Office published January 16, 2019 on YouTube.

What is Public Domain? posted Dec 18, 2019 by U.S. Copyright Office on YouTube
The public domain covers works not protected by copyright. Learn which works are in the public domain and how works become a part of it. For more information on Copyright, visit their website:

Fair Use posted Oct 30, 2019 by U.S. Copyright Office on YouTube
In this video, find out what "fair use" is and how it applies when you are looking to use a copyright-protected work. Learn the factors that go into evaluating whether or not a case meets fair use standards. Additional Resources: Fair Use Index:; For more information on Copyright, visit their website:

Fair Use

Allen County INGenWeb Project welcomes the Fair Use of our web site and its contents for non-commercial research purposes when citing your sources. See the U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index page and Columbia University Libraries Information Services Copyright Advisory Office Fair Use Checklist or Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors at Stanford University Libraries.

Additional Copyright Information

  1. Welcoming 1927 to the Public Domain posted on January 1, 2023 by Alexis Rossi on the Internet Archive blog.
  2. Starting January 1, 2019 the public domain date added one more year each year on January 1 to the public domain time frame. See January 1, 2019 is (finally) Public Domain Day: Works from 1923 are open to all! by Duke Law School on
  3. How to Download the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain by Caroline Haskins published January 2, 2019 on
  4. After 1924 copyright gets complicated - see That 1923 date by  published November 30, 2016 on her Legal Genealogist blog.
  5. For the First Time in More Than 20 Years, Copyrighted Works Will Enter the Public Domain by Glenn Fleishman published January 2019 in the Smithsonian Magazine. Starting January 1, 2019 copyright publications from 1923 become Public Domain and will add another year each January 1.
  6. Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated! discussing Section 108 of copyright law that  lets libraries scan & make available materials published from 1923-1941 if not being actively sold. posted October 10 , 2017 by Internet Archiveon Facebook.
  7. A Landslide of Classic Art Is About to Enter the Public Domain For the first time in two decades, a huge number of books, films, and other works will escape U.S. copyright law by Glenn Fleishman published April 8, 2018 on The
  8. Copyright Information at the USGenWeb Project
  9. 10 Big Myths about copyright explained by Brad Templeton originally 1994, updated 2008
  10. The Legal Genealogist blog by  has several Copyright topics including That 1923 date , Copyright and the lost letters, Copyright and the website, Copyright and the old family photo, Photos and the family homestead, Copyright and the obit, Copyright and the post-1963 obit, Copyright & the newspaper article.
  11. Can I Scan that Photo – Legally? Understanding Copyright and Fair Use by Jackie Jade published September 20, 2016 on blog.
  12. Copyright and Fair Use - Stanford University Libraries - Videos on Fair Use
  13. Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States - is a regularly updated annual table of dates and terms at Cornell University. Recommended by The Legal Genealogist in her blog More on copyright and old letters published May 5, 2020.
  14. Citing Primary Sources Library of Congress - based on MLA-Style Citation Format and Chicago Citation Format.
  15. Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright - by U.S. Copyright Office
  16. Oral Interviews + Copyright -- Are You Using Best Practices? published March 13, 2014 on the National Genealogical Society blog.
  17. QuickLesson 15: Plagiarism—Five "Copywrongs" of Historical Writing by Elizabeth Shown Mills,  Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (—five-copywrongs-historical-writing : [January 8, 2013]).
  18. United States Copyright Office has a list of factsheets
  19. Who Actually Owns Your Content When You Post It to the Web? by Dick Eastman published November 1, 2017 on his Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.
  20. Conference Presentations & Copyrights posted March 10, 2023 by Evidence Explained on Facebook.

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