Copyright Issues

Genealogy Transcriptions on, from and about, Victoria, Australia.

Copyright protects the expression of an idea and not the idea itself. For example, an idea for a board game would not be protected by copyright, but the form of expression in the written rules and playing instructions would be protected as a literary work.

Factual information, such as historical facts and news, is considered public domain and is owned by everyone. The expression of factual information, in the form of a webpage or transcript, for example, is protected by copyright. Copyright rules that apply to conventional media also apply to the Internet.

Submitted archives are copyright of their respective donor's or transcribers and require their permission PRIOR to upload. The copyright owner is sought for each file for permission to include in the VicGenWeb Archives. Archive files are NOT to be copied, onsold, or stored on media where PAYMENT in any form is necessary to access files unless the person seeks permission from the copyright owner first.

Transcriptions are listed along with :

  1. copyright
  2. name, contact details (ie physical address)
  3. references used / original location
  4. date of transcription
  5. brief description of contents