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Find A Grave owner Jim Tipton is a thief he creates a website for members to add burial information thus creating so called "memorials" he uses these memorials for ad space and charges members to sponsor these memorials. He makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from the deaths of others loved ones and provides no service to the survivors.

He and his administration have a set of so called "faq's" that only apply to a few. Find A Grave members constantly steals obituaries, steals photos and information from newspapers, websites and funeral homes. Information provided by the family to the various media with permission for the information to be used only in those media forms NOT Find A Grave.

Find A Grave is notorious for violating copyrights and allowing its members to violate copyrights. Members are out thousands of dollars from their free work so that Jim Tipton can make a profit.

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Location: San Antonio, Texas

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Anonymous
#616783
@PissedConsumer599016

The website has no rules so when members are being banned for the lack of rules and being harassed by others the website destroys years of work.

Brieonna
#626123
@PissedConsumer616783

OKAY FROM THE HUGE AMOUNT OF COMPLAINTS I AM SEEING I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE HAVING TROUBLE WITH DIEHARD AKA JACKIE WILSON GODDARD...EMILY E. FARLEY SMITH..KAREN GARVIN OR ANY OF THE OTHER SO-CALLED HITLER FOLKS!!..I WILL LOOK FOR ANOTHER SITE TO POST ON..THKS..JUDY.

Chirstina
#1021684
@Brieonna

I went back to using http://www.usgenweb.org/,

http://iagenweb.org/ and iowagravestones.org.

Chirstina
#1021683
@PissedConsumer599016

well, he STOLE my money that I paid for sponsorship of several memorials that I do not have access to

Anonymous
#596838

I had all my information, pictures confiscated over the past week by some old snarly bag who has been complaining, whining and nagging to me about how she should have all rights to everything. Talk about ill behavior and no manners.

My personal family photo that I entered on this site has disappeared. It seems this company has a problem with honesty.

Anonymous
#588936

hey franco the administration is the problem. if you don't like the site report them to the bbb...which by the way they gave them a F rating .

the fact is most members steal obituaries and photos which is even prohibited in the sites faqs.

I love that members are still giving of their time and photos freely so Jim Tipton can profit from others free labor.....hehe looks like the joke is on the foolish members of the site... while they spend money for gas, batteries, cameras etc.to contribute to the site so jim tipton can pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.

Chirstina
#1021687
@PissedConsumer588936

I just want back on so I can delete all my memorials!!

Anonymous
#588831

This is so rediculous...I've been using this site for several years and if you have a privacy issue about sharing pictures or about obituary information copyright issues don't use it. In fact crawl in *** somewhere, this is the information age if an obit is out there already why would it matter if it is on another site or added on to find a grave.

I guess there are people in the world who aren't happy with anything and want to whine about something.....Get over it, stop crying and do something productive....if you're having trouble with someone putting comments on that you don't like contact the admin. if there's no response start a new profile and re-add it.

Anonymous
#588939
@PissedConsumer588831

hey franco the administration is the problem. if you don't like the site report them to the bbb...which by the way they gave them a F rating .

the fact is most members steal obituaries and photos which is even prohibited in the sites faqs.

I love that members are still giving of their time and photos freely so Jim Tipton can profit from others free labor.....hehe looks like the joke is on the foolish members of the site... while they spend money for gas, batteries, cameras etc.to contribute to the site so jim tipton can pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.

Anonymous
#585923

It is true copyrights are continually violated by findagrave members. They constantly copy pictures from obituary notices, websites etc..and post them as "theirs" on the findagrave website. Recently members copied pictures of the victims of Sand Hook and posted them as "theirs" to the fndagrave site and some members sponsored the memorial, helping Jim Tipton to profit from their deaths, and victimizing them and their families for profit.

Anonymous
#588836
@PissedConsumer585923

Whiner......Stop with this "Thiers" it's really rediculous I've been on here for years and anytime I've asked someone to turn over a relatives entry they've always been happy to. The overall attitude of the people on this site are here to preserve history, the obits online only stay out there for a limited amount of time I'm glad that someone took the time to put my Father and Mother's information on here and it's what got me started.

This site isn't victimizing and profiting from deaths....give me a break, I get on here for free and my family who I've lost are all on here and it hasn't cost a cent, they're not being exploited on the contrary they're being remembered.

Not everyone has the luxury of mobility and so this site is a wonderful outlet. For gosh sakes stop whining....

Anonymous
#616785
@PissedConsumer588836

Franco, Jim Tipton profits on the website so yes they are being exploited and not everyone sees it as honoring a memory but just as many see it as a violation. You do not get to decide for everyone else how they need to feel about it so your opinion is not relevant to others who think it is a stranger invasion on our loved ones.

Terri A
#641283
@PissedConsumer616785

Many loved ones thank the member for creating the memorial for their loved one ... I was personally contacted today by a father that lost his son only 3 weeks ago and he was not upset in the least and had he been I would have immediately DELETED his son's memorial.

My first concern is the person's family.

The obits may very well be an issue but I don't think there is anything wrong with obtaining info from cemeteries and posting what is on the headstone and also ancestry.com has death records, military records, birth records, obituaries but maybe they found a legal way to go about obtaining that information, not sure on that. I just enjoy family research and spend a lot of time on ancestry.com.

Anonymous
#585597

I agree that it is a shame that ad space is put on the memorials of individuals. It seems very disrespectful. :(

However, I would suggest further investigation of copyright laws. According to my lawyer, they apply to obituaries only in certain circumstances. The newspaper can claim copyrights, but families and individuals cannot unless they write a biography for the paper.

Anonymous
#585796
@PissedConsumer585597

All obituaries published in a newspaper or online fall under copyright laws. The fact of the matter is family provided the information whether via a bio or obituary and they are the owners of the information NOT the newspaer or the funeral home or website.

Stealing information provided by family is still stealing and a violation of copyrighted information.

According to my local newspaper editor no one has the right to copy information from a newspaper with written permission from the author. If they do they risk a lawsuit.

Anonymous
#585805
@PissedConsumer585796

That is WITHOUT! written permission.

Anonymous
#587854
@PissedConsumer585805

Of course and that is what a majority of users do. Add obit and photos from obits WITHOUT PERMISSION!

Anonymous
#624129
@PissedConsumer585805

Aren't obituaries commercial use, IE, in a newspaper, and thus.. open domain?

Anonymous
#588889
@PissedConsumer585597

You are mistaken about copyright laws for obituaries there is only copyright infringement if there is creativity not if there is just facts. Two words can change an obit and the copyright laws do not apply I spoke to my attorney about it so I just change the manner in which the obit was written and Viola....I'm encouraging others to do the same......there is no ligitimate reason to not preserve history in this manner.

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