Peoplelegacy.com Update: They Still Don’t Understand Copyright Law

In the continuing saga of Peoplelegacy.com misappropriating user content from Find A Grave: they still don't understand the basics of copyright laws.

Copyright Violations by Peoplelegacy.com Continue . . . with a Twist

[Editor’s Note: this post is solely the opinion of the author and the information below is based on factual reporting and investigation.]

Please see my original post Many Genealogists and Family Historians Report Copyright Violations by Peoplelegacy.com dated September 25th, 2018, to get up to speed on the issues.

Some good news: the photos from Find A Grave users that have been posted at the Peoplelegacy.com site no longer carry the peoplelegacy.com watermark!

Some bad news: there’s a new watermark and a feeble attempt at attribution for the same photos at Peoplelegacy.com.

New Watermark on Photo of My Grandmother’s Gravestone at Peoplelegacy.com

Here is what I found recently in accessing the Peoplelegacy.com page for my grandmother Anna Austin:

Anna Austin gravestone image at peoplelegacy.com with "Wiki Heritage" watermark

So the old watermark is gone, and a simple watermark with “Wiki Heritage” is located in the lower right-hand corner on the image. There is no indication as to why Wiki Heritage has been used.

A search of Internet resources for Wiki Heritage (including .com, .net, and .org sites) leads to domain name squatting with no real website.

Attribution Does Not Absolve One of Copyright Infringement

If you look at the full page at Peoplelegacy.com for Anna Austin, you will now see an attribution to the copyright holder of the original photo on the Find A Grave site:

Anna Austin full page at peoplelegacy.com with photo attribution

Such attribution DOES NOT mean that peoplelegacy.com hasn’t violated the copyright of the owner of the original image. Permission is still required, at least under US copyright law.

A Curious Use of the #wikiheritage Hashtag on Twitter

A search of the term Wiki Heritage as a hashtag – #wikiheritage – on social media turns up this curious posting at Twitter by the RIP Find A Grave account:

A search of the term Wiki Heritage as a hashtag - #wikiheritage - on social media turns up this curious posting at Twitter by the RIP Find A Grave account

This post was made on September 28th, around the time peoplelegacy.com removed their old watermark. The R.I.P. Find A Grave account at Twitter appears to be managed by the same person or group behind the Save Find a Grave “Classic” page at Facebook.

I still don’t believe the rumors that users of Find A Grave unhappy with the “new format” for the website are behind the Peoplelegacy.com site. But I just thought that posting the term “wikiheritage” on social media with no explanation was curious. What does it mean?

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Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.