"Yes, facts are not copyright but the text that contains them likely is so the best work around is to merely extract the facts.
Then there are privacy issues especially in this day when identity theft is a problem and people can be paranoid as hell…"
"I am very familiar with Ancestry.com, paid for the service for years and dropped it about three years ago. I will have to review copyright law. I rely on it a lot for my work but don't keep current on it. Fair use and creative commmons and too…"
"My approach to personal memorials would be that they were just that and easily recognized in a search. I have just being looking at the links FAG provides for their virtual cemetery tour and most of them are very personal and very interesting.
"Oh I have certainly made duplications, some of my own work and I correct them when found. I am pretty far from perfect. As for accuracy, it is pretty much a target and goal and I suppose you can only hope for the best.
I am sure that I am not the…"
"I have just re-read the FAG re., pre-needs and while it does allow them prior to 1931 it also says they will be removed if in error. I have contacted the individual per FAG guidelines to remove it and he has declined. I also have a long list of edit…"
"I'm sorry but I have found many news sites who absolutely prohibit the use of their copyrighted obit. I can accept FAG for what it is and what it is is inaccurate in some instances. I have found not only living people listed as dead but also…"
"These people who are after a body count are more than annoying. In my local cemetery there are memorials created for living people and I have notified the creator about this and he will not take them down. We also have guys who cut and paste obits…"
I see nothing wrong with wanting to be thanked for your work so keep up the good work you do. I do take a lot of pictures because I enjoy walking cemeteries but it's very rare that I actually fill a request so most of the time…"
I have just been reading the comments on FAG Addicts about your not being thanked and I totally agree with you. I didn't want to get involved in a back and forth argument on that group but I think you are right. I do not…"
"I am really sorry I opened this can of worms. I will continue to take photos and it is not linked to any need I have for people to feel grateful to me. I have been in love with cemeteries for decades. I also love history and people and their graves…"
"I don't think expecting civility and courtesy is unreasonable. I may be flawed and unreasonable. I will do for others and expect nothing but if you ask me for help and then lack the good manners to say thanks I will not help you…"
"I have added many photos to memorials others have created and I expect no thanks for that. I suppose it is part of my obsessive/compulsive personality to do so. Much of the reason I take photos and create memorials is pay back for the work others…"
"I am a believer in courtesy and I am more than happy do take photos and even do free additional research for people. I consider it disrespectful not to thank someone for anything they do for me, especially when it is done gratis. I expect the same…"
"I live in southwest Nebraska and get requests for cemeteries almost 100 miles away. I must be the only photo volunteer in this area. Anyway, I feel no obligation to do any of these requests, though I generally do all the local ones. "
"When you enter a new memorial a number is assigned and I assume these are consecutive numbers. The last memorial I entered today was numbered 86723011, hence 86 million plus if the first memorial was number 1."
I see nothing wrong with wanting to be thanked for your work so keep up the good work you do. I do take a lot of pictures because I enjoy walking cemeteries but it's very rare that I actually fill a request so most of the time I don't think anyone notices when I put up a photo on a memorial. My enjoyment comes from helping make the memorial more complete but if a thank you or two were to come my way they would be appreciated!! Oh and when I say I take a lot of photo's I think I've posted about 2,000 which is a small number when compared to many others!
By the way I had not read the entire thread, I was simply sharing what I thought was an unusual email I had received from a fellow find a graver.
I have just been reading the comments on FAG Addicts about your not being thanked and I totally agree with you. I didn't want to get involved in a back and forth argument on that group but I think you are right. I do not take photos of gravestones and such but I do help out others with their genealogical problems and queries. I have had some bad experiences but a lot of good ones in which people take the time to use those two simple words, "Thank You" and it means a lot to me. It's just old-fashioned courtesy to thank others for anything they do for us no matter what it is. There's nothing worse than people who get information or photos from you and you never hear from them again. It shows a lack of respect for you and your work.
Anyway, that's my two cents worth. Keep up the good work and I thank you for bring up the topic!