An obituary is a published notice of a death, especially in a newspaper, typically including a brief biography of the deceased person. These are often written by the family, sometimes with the help of the funeral home. Todays obituaries are usually paid for by the family. Obituaries of important or noteworthy people are written by the newspaper. If there is a reporter's byline the obit was written by the newspaper, not the family. All obituaries are subject to copyright. However you cannot copyright facts; the facts can be extracted for this project.
A death notice is published with only bare facts and no biography. It is often required by law.