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Disasters - Copyright and Image Guideline

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Disasters Project - Copyright and Image Guideline

This document is in a DRAFT state. Crawford-15512 17:42, 29 January 2020 (UTC)

  • Due to the complexity of Copyright Law, the Disasters Project has decided to set out clear Copyright and Image Guidelines to follow, for genealogy research undertaken by our project members.
  • Please remember that WikiTree is a private, American commercial company, so commercial use laws will apply.
  • WikiTree operates in an international environment so various laws from countries other than the USA will also apply. Those mentioned on this page are broken down by Country and in no way represents an exhaustive list.


Copyright Definitions and Recommendations.

Copyright is the exclusive right given to the creator of a creative work to reproduce it for a limited time.

Copyright Infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission for a usage where such permission is required.

Crown Copyright - a form of copyright claim used by the governments of several Commonwealth realms that provides special copyright rules for the Crown (government departments) and state entities. This may apply in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union. The Disasters Project recommends NO images or documents found on government sites be uploaded to WikiTree.

Public Domain covers any intellectual works which are out of Copyright, or were never under any Copyright Law. Check that the item involved is definitely out of "Copyright" and include an "Acknowledgement". The Disasters Project recommends these images be used where available.

Fair Use originated in the United States and is known as Fair Dealing in the UK and other parts of the World. This provides for the use of Images/Documents, "which are still under Copyright Law", in a non-commercial study or research, criticism, review or reporting of current events. Permission from the Copyright Owner and an "Acknowledgement' are recommended.

Acknowledgements: The Disasters Project follows WikiTree guidelines as far as Acknowledgements are concerned. We, therefore, recommend an attribute or acknowledgement for every "Image/Document". This, at the very least, needs to be an attribute for the Image/Document, added underneath an "Acknowledgements" header at the bottom of the WT profile involved. Wikimedia Commons Images also have a citation section for every image, which can be copy/pasted into the Image text box during upload. Wikipedia also has a citation section for every page. The suggested citation for Genealogy is usually the "Chicago style".

Copyright Usage Guidelines by Country

This is a work-in-progress. Additional Terms of Service links will be added as needed.



Nova Scotia Archives, Men in the Mines, A History of Mining Activity in Nova Scotia, 1720-1992 - This site is governed by Crown Copyright. Please do not upload any documents or images found here. You may transcribe information for your personal research, but it should not be added to profiles or space pages. This site should be used as a reference only.


New Zealand


Scotland Mining - states that no part of the website may be republished without prior permission. Permission is given to individuals to use small extracts of material from their site for private research or educational purposes. The Disasters Project therefore recommends linking to this site, as a reference only.

United States

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - Information and images related to mining and accessed via Public Health Image Library (PHIL) are royalty-free and may be used for personal, professional and/or educational use in electronic or print form, with appropriate citation. If used electronically, please link back to the PHIL site.

Centers for Disease Control - Most of the information available on the website is not subject to copyright, is in the public domain and may be used freely or reproduced without obtaining copyright permission, when used in the United States. Other countries copyright laws may apply. Therefore, the Disasters Project recommends following the requirements as outlined on the CDC's Use of Agency Materials page.

United States Department of Labor website is a searchable database that contains the following reports: Coal Fatality Reports; and Metal/Nonmetal Fatality Reports. Electronic copies of archived documents can be made available and it is recommended you request permission from the agency before uploading any documents.

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