1) On Wall Street Journal Article Features Genealogy! (17 January 2013):
* Sharon asked: "Wouldn't printing out and distributing a copy of this article at your meeting infringe on WSJ's copyright?"
* My response: My intent is to print out one copy for my own personal use, and then pass that around the group to read it and perhaps note where it was obtained. I will not charge for it, and will share it with the group for educational purposes. My opinion is that this falls in the "fair use" category of copyright law. Now if I had made 30 copies, one for everyone at the meeting, that would violate the WSJ copyright IMHO. Note that I am not an attorney and am not an expert on copyright law.
In her post "A Calculated Risk," Judy G. Russell highlighted the fair use paragraphs of the copyright law.
2) On UPDATED: Genealogist Beware - Checking Out Genealogy.us.org (14 January 2013):
* Miss Penelope Dreadful noted: "This company might consider using proceeds to hire a proof-reader. Quite Dreadful!"
My comment: Agreed! And it's consistent on all of their websites.
* Emily Garber said: "What I think is interesting is the use of a URL with a .org suffix. I mistakenly thought that only nonprofits could use that. But a perusal of Wikipedia disabused me of that notion. Apparently, commercial companies can hide behind the .org URL."
My comment: After all, a COMpany is also an ORGanization, right? I note that Walter Scott said: ' '" I don't think he knew about the Internet, though!
* M.J. offered: "I've received several unsolicited emails from this "company" over the last week or so. I was also suspicious after taking a look and agree it's a site to avoid."
* Dave L. commented: "Not to distract from the central point of this post, but please remember that it's important to review the terms and conditions of EVERY online service you think about using. When you click on the button that says, 'I have read and agree to the terms and conditions...' that's exactly what it means -- you agree to the terms and conditions. If you don't like them, don't sign up for the site!"
* JJT said: "In light of those interesting terms of service, I think people might find this description on the http://us.org/ main site humorous:
'.us.org is a new domain extension for organizations, projects, websites and people with a higher standard of social responsibility and ethical behaviour.' "
While the lineages I wrote about suffer from the same flaws as the non-Jewish trees you discussed, I learned afterwards from Schelley Dardashti about the Dayan family of Aleppo. Their documentation is viewable here, relying on 700+ year old parchments from the Cairo genizah: