Can I use the information from Ancestry.com that was posted by someone else?

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There are a lot of questions and answers around this subject on G2G. 

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/414451/reminder-about-photo-copyrights-uploading-photos-internet?show=414451#q414451

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/792811/creating-a-free-to-view-image-link-from-ancestry-com?show=792811#q792811

However, I did want to call everyone's attention to this disclaimer on Ancestry.com

Remember that information you post within the Ancestry Community may become public to other users (depending on your privacy settings). This means that other users can copy and use the information you provide. If another user updates a person in their tree based on what you have shared in your tree, the information will include a source indicating that the information is from your tree. If they add a photo or story from your tree, it will show you as the original contributor. Although you may receive credit for your contributions, you don’t have total control over what others may do with the content you share.

in Policy and Style by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (644k points)

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It is also important to note that just because Ancestry is disclaiming responsibility for how your content is used once posted, we are still responsible to follow copyright laws. Do not post photos here unless you have permission from the uploader. Also, I agree that you can use an Ancestry member as a source as long as they are properly credited, although I have rarely done this. Another point is that sometimes they post scanned images from books or newspapers without giving the source. I usually take a sentence or two from the image and search for it. Often it comes up and then I can properly write a citation. Yea!

As far as posting photos other people posted, I asked one person who happens to be a cousin and unfortunately has the same brick wall as I, and she said I can use anything she posts anyway I want. No one else I have asked has even responded. I also found it amusing that on Find A Grave, someone posted a memorial for my father with three photos. He said I could pick ONE. MY father.
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (451k points)
selected by Pip Sheppard

Thanks, Lucy. Something being made public does not mean that it is public domain, just that it is visible publicly.

Photos taken after 1978 would still be under copyright of the photographer and use would descend to his/her heirs and not the owner of one of the prints.

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I have also read this and for this reason, I regularly share member stories, histories, photos, etc., always remembering to provide credit as to where I found it, a link to where they posted it, and their member name or ID.
by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1m points)

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