Permissions and the tombstone photo – The Legal Genealogist – Tombstone Tuesdays September 15, 2020

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I am not an attorney and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult a legal expert who is familiar with the area of legal expertise you need.

I saw this posted on the Legal Genealogist blog yesterday She makes some great points about copyright, finding out the cemetery rules and regulations on taking photos, etc. You need to find out any rules from a cemetery before taking photos. I know a growing number of cemeteries have bad experiences with some people wanting to take headstone photographs and as a result have been people from doing this.

I decided this was a good Tombstone Tuesdays choice. A lot of people don’t realize that copyright can apply to headstones. There are several local headstones that fall under copyright. Same for getting permission from the cemetery. Many cemeteries are private property. Don’t assume the posted rules and regulations are the only ones mentioned. I ran across a cemetery in Arizona that had over 3 dozen pages of rules and regulations on its website.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Permissions and the tombstone photo,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 14 Sep 2020).

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