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About that swiped photograph…

No, we can’t use it like that. Really. There was yet another of Those Conversations on Facebook yesterday. An individual had tried to upload a photograph to FamilySearch, and it had been bounced. The information in the lower right corner — enlarged and...

Contract, not copyright

Different laws, different rules If there’s any question that has readers more confused than the “why can’t I use this item from that website” question, The Legal Genealogist doesn’t know what it might be. It’s a question that comes in here...

Not so fast!

Read those terms before you click It’s been a few months since The Legal Genealogist focused on terms of use, or terms of service, which means a whole host of user questions have come in with the usual plaint. “But nobody told me that!” Sigh. Yes. They really...

TNSTAAFL

Genealogically speaking… It’s a subject that keeps coming up, over and over, throughout the genealogical community. It’s one that The Legal Genealogist has addressed, more than once, in the past.1 It starts with someone posting an inquiry somewhere...

Ancestry updates its terms, 2020

Changes in privacy rules and terms and conditions Yes, Ancestry.com has changed its terms of service and privacy statement. Yes, like most every other customer, The Legal Genealogist got the email about the changes. Yes, probably unlike most every other customer, The...

A new year… and new terms

Updates to terms of use It’s a New Year, there’s a new privacy law in effect in California, and three of the big DNA testing companies — 23andMe, Ancestry and MyHeritage — have updated their terms of use and/or privacy statements to bring...

2019 alphabet soup: T is for …

A reminder on terms of use The Legal Genealogist was privileged last night to participate in a discussion of the GEDmatch buyout by the forensic biotech firm Verogen. Part of the Wacky Wednesday series by DearMYRTLE, the discussion is now archived and can be reviewed...

Citing Google Maps

The rules for attribution Google Maps are truly wonderful resources and many genealogists (and others!) use them all the time — in articles, on websites, in presentations and more. Which, The Legal Genealogist hastens to add, is (a) perfectly legal as long as...