I like to use Newspapers.com for my genealogy research, as it is chock-full of good information. I have already sourced specific portions of the paper in the past on numerous profiles, but I was wondering if it would be more efficient to cite the source AND upload a clipping from the paper directly to the site for those who don't have a subscription. It is rather unclear on said website what the copyright rules are on the papers on the site. I noticed it says in the footer on each page the following:
"The names, logos, and other source identifying features of newspapers depicted in our database are the trademarks of their respective owners, and our use of newspaper content in the public domain or by private agreement does not imply any affiliation with, or endorsement from, the publishers of the newspaper titles that appear on our site. Newspapers.com makes these newspapers available for the purpose of historical research, and is not responsible for the content of any newspapers archived at our site."
So this implies that each paper has its own copyright, but I have no clue where to find said copyright for any particular newspaper. Is it listed somewhere on the site where I'm not seeing it? I have no clue. So, this statement doesn't really answer my question. I've tried Googling the answer to my question, and the answer I found was in regards to the reprinting and publication of articles in someone's genealogy book (link). Would said rules apply to this site too?
And there's still some more unanswered questions too. If a clipping is say, from a paper that is no longer in print (as in, their last published issue was 50 years ago or more), is it okay to upload it? Is there any sort of copyright on obituaries, or does copyright only apply to other article types? What about newspapers available on educational websites or government websites that are available for free, such as Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection?
For the record, I am primarily only talking about USA newspapers, but if you have information about other worldwide papers and their copyright it may be worth sharing here for future reference to myself and others.
I mean I'm okay with not uploading any clippings at all, I just figured maybe it would make it easier for other genealogists if I did.