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Ancestry retreats

License term change The date on the newly-updated terms and conditions at Ancestry.com still reads 3 August 2021. But there was a change made after that date. According to Ancestry now, users who upload content to Ancestry still give Ancestry a perpetual and...

One big change at Ancestry

A shift in the terms of service UPDATE [6 Aug 2021]: Ancestry has amended its terms, again, to say it didn’t exactly mean it… See here. Ancestry has just updated its terms of service and privacy statement — again — and this time there is a...

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...