Copyright & Information Statement
The GenWeb Project, such as the IDGenWeb, are consist of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county in the state. The Project is non--commercial and all work is done on a volunteer basis. The transcription project, whether on the county or state level, are completely funded by the individuals involved in the project. Some of these websites often include "extras", that have been transcribed and made available by volunteers. Keep in mind that many of the county coordinators and transcribers do not live in the county or state and do not have access to these resources made available on a local or state level.
Those kind of resources can be made available if the state or county cooridator have other patrons who might live in the area of interests. If these volunteers are not available, then inquiry to the state or county coordinator of any local lookup volunteer is available in their state or county.
Some general information about United States Copyright law, census records, and how it affects what information is available on GenWeb Projects.
There is also information on copyright for genealogy by Michael Goad.
Copyright Fundamentals for Genealogy
Works published before 1904 are in the public domain (out-of-copyright/copyright expired), that is, they are no longer protected by a copyright.
For works published in the years 1904 through 1963, a copyright expiration 75 years after the copyright date is assumed. This is done because of numerous changes to the copyright laws, the lengthy search required through US Copyright Office records to determine whether a copyright renewal was submitted, and the search required to determine the ownership of a copyright, all of which are beyond the scope of GenWeb Project county coordinators can do.
For works published in the years 1964 through 1977, a copyright lasts for 75 years from date of publication.
Generally, for works created on or after January 1, 1978, a copyright lasts for seventy years beyond the life of the work's author, after which it lapses into public domain. If the work is prepared by two or more authors (a "joint work"), its copyright lasts for seventy years after the last surviving author dies. For works made for hire, and for anonymous and pseudonymous works (unless the author's identity is revealed in Copyright Office records), the duration of copyright will be 95 years from first publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter. Works in existence but not published or registered for copyright on January 1, 1978 are also given this same protection, and are guaranteed at least 25 years of protection.
To all visitors to our IDGenWeb Projects: Please be aware that the information contained on any state or county level sties, including webpage design, databases and images, belongs to the submitter, unless otherwise noted. It may be freely copied for your personal use. "Borrowing" design, databases or images without first receiving permission for use on another website can be considered copyright infringement, as well as discourteous. If you find something of value on these pages that you want to use, please LINK to the page, do not copy it and put it on your own site. We would like to think we are generous folks, so if you find something you would like to use, please contact the submitter of the information or the County Coordinator for that county.
Please check the USGenWeb Project Copyright Information page for more information.
Publications Availability Online
- Local histories or other published works copyrighted before 1924. Note that these books are not always readily available to county coordinators for conversion into online books. Most genealogy libraries do not circulate these books, and if they are available at a library, the library may restrict the copying of the book because of the fragile nature of the book.
- Published and Unpublished works copyrighted after 1923, where the author or publisher has given written permission to the GenWeb Projects allowing display of the work.
- Government records that are not copyrighted (a publication gathered or written with government funds) which have been transcribed by individuals and donated to the GenWeb Projects.
- Census records which have been transcribed by an individual and donated to the GenWeb Projects. Census record microfilm records, whether they are Soundex indexes, or actual census records are all handwritten and must be transcribed by people into a format that can be displayed.
- Transcriptions of cemeteries, court and land records written by individuals can be donated to the GenWeb Projects. If such material was previously published with a copyright, the data can be donated by the author with a WRITTEN copyright release to the GenWeb Projects. Contact the IDGenWeb County Coordinator or State Coordinator for more information.
Publications Unavailable Online
- Census records recorded after 1930. United States law prohibits the release of this information until at least 72 years after the information was gathered.
- Birth and death certificates starting about 1904 must be obtained from the Idaho Heath and Human Services System. Marriage certificates are available from that same source starting about 1909. Copies of marriage records can also be obtained from the appropriate county courthouse. County officials in each County determine the availability of the records under their control.
- The GenWeb Projects does not provide online genealogy files (GEDCOM's), but links may be given to such records.