Should I link to a funeral livestream?

+1 vote
This is a question about privacy.  A relative passed away recently and her funeral was livestreamed with the video to remain permanently online.  As far as I know, the link is not private, it was published with her newspaper obituary notices and does not require any authentication to view.

Can/should I include that link in the References on her profile? I would like to include information from the funeral speeches into her biography.

But my concern is that the livestream obviously identifies her descendants who are still alive , which is something we try not to do.
in Policy and Style by Matt McNabb G2G1 (1.1k points)
My opinion is that, unless you can verify that all of the individuals who appear in the video expressly agreed to be recorded and publicized (while still living), you should not link to the video.

And none of those individuals should be identified by name or in any other manner without their verified expressed consent.
I wouldn't.  I was recorded for one of my grandmother's funerals where I wrote and read the eulogy and sang a duet with my brother.  Neither of those performances was perfect.  My brother and I both had colds.  I mean, Grandma wouldn't have cared because we were singing the esoteric weirdo song she wanted which my mother thought shouldn't be performed.  But I wouldn't want others to see it.

2 Answers

+5 votes
Well, that's a new feature for a funeral that I haven't heard about before, so I'll be interested in the answers you get.  Grandma used to have a rule to live by in such situations:  "When in doubt, don't."  When I post an obit here I delete the names of the survivors, so I don't think I would do it for the reason you cite, at least not right away.  You can always change your mind later if the circumstances seem to warrant that.
by Dennis Barton G2G6 Pilot (576k points)
+4 votes
Well, that is tricky. There are a lot of these streams nowadays and with the corona crisis they are very "Popular". The link was published kindof public.

I think it might depend what territory you are from. In EU: do not do it, but you for sure can link to the obituary.

In USA: well, go for it.

In other territories: I personally would link to the obituary only.

One consideration: what genealogical information can be derived from the stream, and not from the obituary on its own?
by Michel Vorenhout G2G6 Pilot (327k points)

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