Since my first post on February 22, I have received 192 emails from around the country regarding the fraudulent and predatory policies of Legacy.com, the online obituary web site. I answered them for awhile, but I apologize for not being able to keep up.The controversy has become national thanks to Jim Romenesko, who graciously placed a link to my coverage on the widely read media site Poynter.org.
And it is a national issue,
since 124 of the country's 150 largest newspapers have delegated their obituary function to Legacy.
Here in Salt Lake City, we've had a whole lot of talk but no action that I know of. The CEO of Media One said he had changed his policy, enabling free access to obituaries forever, instead of for 30 days. But two weeks later, the 30-day limit is still on Media One's web site.
The overarching rights that Legacy claims over the obituaries we write about our family members remains the most important issue. I regard it as larceny. Check out my February 22 post to get a taste of the firm's preposterous assertion of its virtual ownership of your intellectual property and of the memory of your loved one. Our legacies -- and the legacies of our loved ones -- belong to us, not to the predatory, profit-making company, Legacy.com