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HAGSOC Monthly Meeting: Jennifer Barnes: Who owns your family history? Copyright and your rights

Event Information

  • 3 Jul 2012 8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton St, Cook, ACT 2613
  • Cook
  • Australian Capital Territory
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  • Cost: Free - visitors welcome


Jennifer Barnes:  Who owns your family history?  Copyright and your rights.



At the monthly meeting of The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra on Tuesday 3 July 2012 at 8pm at the Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street Cook (6251 7004) our guest speaker will be Ms Jennifer Barnes.  Jennifer’s topic will be:  Who owns your family history?  Copyright and your rights.


Genealogists spend much time and effort creating their family histories and use information and photographs from a number of sources. It is important for genealogists to understand how copyright protects their work. They also need to ensure that they are not infringing copyright in their use of others’ information.


This presentation will provide information on what copyright is, when and how it begins and when it ends. It also covers moral rights. It will help genealogists to understand their rights in relation to their hard copy and electronic works and assist them in identifying when they need to get permission to use the work of others.


Jennifer Barnes is an experienced genealogist and a qualified ACT Legal Practitioner. She believes that people need to understand their legal rights and responsibilities so they can make informed decisions. She combines her love of genealogy with her passion for law by ‘translating’ Australian copyright law into everyday English, applying it to genealogists’ activities and giving presentations to assist fellow genealogists.


There is no charge for attending the monthly meeting  and visitors are welcome.


The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc was founded in 1964 ‘to promote and encourage the study and preservation of family history, genealogy, heraldry and allied subjects, and to assist members and others in research in these areas.’  The Society is run entirely by volunteers, who give generously of their time, expertise and goodwill to provide a service for all members.