I am aware that photos cannot be reproduced if they are stamped “Do Not Copy” and if you want copies, you have to have written permission from the photographer. But I didn’t know if we could legally make copies of death and marriage certificates or any other documents.
A: Public documents (deeds, marriage licenses, death certificates, etc.) are generally in the “public domain” and as such, anyone can copy them without permission or restriction. The only issues that may arise would be the privacy rights of the individuals named in the documents. These rights vary by state. Also, do not think that because a photo does not contain a restrictive legend you can copy it. Copyright law governs.