Photo and Recording Policy

The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) does not permit the recording of presentations at WPGS meetings or events under any circumstances or in any form or media, including but not limited to audio recordings, video recordings, or literal transcripts, except by specific written permission.  Photos may not be taken of any meeting or event for any reason without prior consent of the speaker. While non-flash photos may be taken with speaker consent, please be respectful of the speaker’s copyrighted slides and of your fellow attendees.  All flash photography is strictly prohibited.
Social Media Policy.  WPGS does permit and encourage the use of various forms of social media, including Facebook, Twitter and live blogging at meetings and events as a means of summarizing, highlighting, excerpting, reviewing, and/or publicizing sessions, events, syllabus materials, speakers or the meeting in general, provided that only content excerpts are used and that the presentation material is not reproduced in full while using social media tools and the speaker is referenced and cited appropriately in each case.
While speakers have been informed of the WPGS social media policy and are encouraged to permit the use of social media during their session, each speaker does have the right to make an announcement at the start of the session barring the use of social media during the session. Any announcement made barring the use of cell phones or mobile devices does not apply to the use of such devices to access social media tools (unless that has been stated by an individual speaker), but such announcement applies to a) turning off any audible ringer or notification alert on such devices and b) the use of such devices to make a call requiring a voice conversation, which can be heard by other event or session attendees. We ask that at all times you please respect the intellectual property rights and copyrights of WPGS and its presenters and speakers.
Photography and/or Usage Policy. Only representatives of WPGS may take photographs and/or videos of participants during its meetings and events.  These photographs and videos are for use by WPGS in publications or other media material produced for the purposes of society promotion including, but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.  Attendees' attendance grants the WPGS permission and consent for use of this photography and video unless a specific denial of permission is expressed at the time the photograph/video is taken.