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Yes but the copyright probably inheres in the Society not the original 
compiler. A corporate body can "live" for centuries.
Carol
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Briggs" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2006 12:37 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Copyright and Maps (including Accuracy of site 
drawings)


> Rob wrote:
>>
>> A recent case on a similar line to this was taken against
>> Ancestry.co.uk by the Yorkshire Parish Register Society. Unfortunately it 
>> was settled out of court with Ancestry paying a sum
>> of money to the YPS for breach of copyright.  The books they used
>> would have normally been out of copyright. I cannot remember the full
>> details nor would it be right of me to pass on heresay information
>> which I do remember.
>
> Maybe, maybe not.  The society was founded in 1899, so the early volumes 
> should be out of copyright - depending on when the editor/transcriber 
> died, of course.
>
> John Briggs
>