My Personal Position on Copyright

I believe that genealogy research has exploded on the Internet in the past few years due to the free, unhindered exchange of information between individuals.  I also believe that the blanket copyrighting of entire web pages inhibits that free exchange.  At the same time, I realize that others are vehement about protecting what they have authored and they have the right to do so within the limits of the law. ... So here is my position:

1.  Facts presented on my pages are considered to be in the public domain in accordance with the Supreme Court Decision in Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., 499 U.S. 340 (1991).  This decision held, in essence, that while the compilation of factual information available in the public domain, together with added original contributions, may be copyrighted, the underlying facts are not copyrighted and may be used without infringement.  To quote from Justice O'Conner's decision: (my emphasis)

I am not a lawyer (thank God!) and certainly not an expert on copyright law.  I cite this decision only as a basis for my own position that all facts available on my web pages (names, dates, locations of birth, marriage, death events, etc.) have been taken from the public domain and, thus, may be freely used by others in compiling they own genealogical histories. Take my word for it - not everyone else feels the same about their pages!

2.  Information on my web pages such as narratives, textual family histories, anecdotes, photographs, etc. may be subject to copyright only to the extent that such materials have been derived directly from other copyrighted sources.  Since I have avoided presenting without permission any copyrighted material of others, this should not be a problem.  However, should any of this material be incorporated into other works, I am not responsible for its use or accuracy, but would appreciate proper attribution and reference.