Permission to use this material in a publication giving historical details about Henry Chapman Skinner

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WikiTree profile: Henry Skinner
in Requests for Project Volunteers by anonymous G2G Rookie (160 points)
Russ, it may help if you could be a little more explicit about exactly what you want to do.  Are you proposing to add material from a publication to Henry's profile, or use the material already posted on the profile somewhere else, or something entirely different?  If you're asking a legal question, you probably won't get an authoritative answer from a qualified lawyer in this forum.  If there's a concern about copyright, or the terms of service of another web site, you can probably get some general guidelines here, but perhaps not an actual authorization to do something specific.  I think it would also be relevant as to whether you wish to use something in a profit-making endeavor.
I think you would need to go to the original listed sources for permission.

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Answering this to bring it to the top. I think it should be answered but I find myself on shaky ground.
by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (260k points)
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The question is unclear, but it seems to involve copyright issues. The information in the profile seems to have been taken from several published souces, and the first step would be determining if the copyright is held by those sources.

Otherwise, the question is whether the creator of the material holds the copyright to the text and can give permission. This raises problems, as the collaborative nature of WikiTree can make it difficult if not impossible to determine who was the creator of the text.

AFAIK, WikiTree itself does not claim the copyright of its members' contributions.
by Lois Tilton G2G6 Pilot (113k points)

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