Should I upload digital copies of documents that I download from sites such as ancestry, familysearch, etc?

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My current practice is to download images of almost all documents to my hard drive, and link to them in my internal genealogy program, along with specific links back to that image. I suspect most of us do something similar.

What I'm wondering is if it's acceptable to upload the images themselves to wikitree profiles, assuming full source information and link is attached to it.

What I am currently doing is to use the detailed source description, along with a link back to the original document. If there was an index-only listing, or transcription, I will usually copy that into a "Notes" section, and also document the detail source information with the other sources.

I've attached a link to a profile from a family I am currently working on. (And yes, I know, there is still a lot of work to do on this man's profile and those of his family members. There are, unfortunately, only so many hours in a day ...)
WikiTree profile: Charles Larson
in Policy and Style by Ron Johnson G2G6 Mach 3 (33.5k points)
retagged by Steve McCabe

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I can only say that when you use you agree to their Terms of Use and uploading a digital copy of a document found there would violate those Terms of Use, so I would say don't upload the digital images you obtain from them. Linking to the image is fine.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
selected by Pip Sheppard

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