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Making Connections: Copyright Violations
6/1/2002
Readers respond to Family Tree Magazine.
Lookup or larceny?

Being in the genealogy business, I'm a regular reader and a big fan of your e-mail newsletter <www.familytreemagazine.com/newsletter.asp>. However, I was shocked to see the newsletter article, “Free Lookups,” as this piece blatantly encourages people to break US copyright law. Another piece entitled “Getting a Look” (December 2001) also encourages this illegal practice.

I visited one of the many offenders highlighted in your articles — and was dismayed to see data there that my company had painstakingly extracted and compiled into a convenient CD-ROM format, freely given away. HeritageQuest has spent thousands of dollars and years of production to develop and market these products as a service to the genealogy community.

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