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Fair use and terms of use

A study in contrasts It’s a great question, from reader Dana J.: Does contract law override “fair use”? Can a website’s terms of use prohibit users from using the copyright-protected works under fair use? It seems that copyright’s fair use provision might be one...

Thank you, LOC!

A new free-to-use page at the Library of Congress It isn’t possible to overstate the value of the Library of Congress to the genealogical researcher. Time and time and time again, The Legal Genealogist has pointed out something that’s available at the...

The fix is in

Ancestry fixes TOS error Quietly and without fanfare, in its rollout of new and updated terms of service, Ancestry killed the professional researcher. It didn’t mean to. It was a mistake. So… quietly and without fanfare … in an update of even newer...

Ancestry updates terms of services

New consolidated rules So…. everybody logged in to Ancestry yesterday, right? Or AncestryDNA. Or Newspapers.com. Or Fold3.com. And there was that notice right up at the top: “Note: Your privacy is our priority. See how we have updated our Privacy Statement and...

Changing the rules

Can companies change their terms of use? Reader Cheryl Brownstein isn’t happy about changes in the terms of use of genealogy websites — AncestryDNA, in particular — that occur long after a user begins using the website. “Can the company simply change...

MyHeritage DNA terms changed

Changes in terms of use announced The genealogical community spoke… and a genealogical company listened. MyHeritage has thoroughly revised its terms of use for its newly-announced DNA Matching service — and the terms that the community may have had qualms...

Ancestry terms of use updated

No major changes, just some tweaks Ancestry’s family of companies is in the process of updating its terms of use, applicable to all of its non-DNA-related websites, including Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com and Ancestry Academy. The update — a...