Has anyone an explanation for why 1901 census results seem to have been removed from FamilySearch?

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I have encountered a number of removed results on FamilySearch recently.  All seem to be related to the 1901 census.  Has anyone any idea of what is going on?  For example [Huntsman-165]  has a reference to  "Canada Census, 1901", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHPM-SNZ : 1 February 2017), Edward S Huntsman in entry for Edward Trout, 1901.  When you click on it, you get message ‘Record Removed’, but that is just one of many I have encountered. It was the same for Huntsman-164, which I have replaced with a reference to Ancestry.

WikiTree profile: Edward Huntsman-Trout
in Genealogy Help by Wendy Taylor G2G6 Mach 2 (26.1k points)
retagged by Wendy Taylor
Might want to add the "Canada" tag to your post to encourage others to weigh-in.
I will, thanks.
I don't know, Wendy, but I found out this morning a particular record from a set of marriage records is also no longer available. It might be as Doug answered below, that in the case of the 1910 Census records the licensing agreement for that set of records ran out, but I found that the set of records which contained the particular marriage record I need is still on FamilySearch, I just can't find this particular record (and I searched every way I could think of to find it.) it is weird that a single record may have been removed. I left the source citation on the profile with a note about the dead link because the citation contained information which might help someone find the record in some other repository. Then I added some other sources for the same information (from Ancestry.com and a book I examined long ago in a library.) It is frustrating. I'm sure more so in your case since it involves an entire set of records.

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The reason goes back to the original licensing terms that Library and Archives Canada set with FamilySearch when they microfilmed the census. There was a restriction that the films were limited to an LDS facility. The terms of the contracts appear to not have been renegotiated (that takes time and money and a willingness on both parties to do a new contract). This problem exists with many records that were filmed and not just Canadian ones.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (402k points)
selected by Wendy Taylor
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When I tried to look at an image I got the message that it had to view at a FHC or affiliate library.
by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (322k points)

When I clicked, I got a message that the record is no longer available. 

When I searched for a relative who I knew was on that census from the 1901 Canadian census portal https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1584557. I got a  results page with a partial transcript (written index) plus the message that the image can be viewed at a Family History centre. 

I can however view that image on the official Canada Library and Archives site.  https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1901/Pages/results.aspx?k=cnsSurname%3a%22Crisp%22+AND+cnsGivenName%3a%22Jonathan%22

( I don't know but It's possible that the Canadian Authorities have withdrawn permission to FS to display what are images of documents still subject to Crown  copyright )

It is so frustrating, as there are likely to be many such references which no longer work.  Hey ho, guess I will have to replace them as I encounter them. Thanks for confirming it wasn’t just me.
Thanks for checking it out.
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No matter which provider of scans or indexes it is, they are always dependent that the holder of the original data allows them to publish the data. And it happens that those licenses expire and data have to be taken down again. 

About the 1901 Canada Census, you can go to the website of Library and Archives Canada and have a look there. 

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (508k points)
+1 vote
Fortunately we can all access the originals at LAC. However, you may have to look them up and change the sourcing on all of your records.Yuk
by Anne Farrar G2G4 (4.1k points)

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