For the record, Ancestry doesn't claim ownership of anything on their site. Here's a link to their terms.
Key paragraphs: (emphasis mine)
Whether in the free section or in the subscription section of the Service, all Content is owned and/or copyrighted by Ancestry, or third party providers and may be used only in accordance with this limited use license.
If you upload stuff to their site, you are the third party provider.
Under the section of the terms called "User Provided Content":
Portions of the Service will contain user provided content, to which you may contribute appropriate content. For this content, Ancestry is a distributor only.
They are specifically saying here that they aren't claiming ownership of the content you upload. They are only the distributor.
"Ning does not claim any ownership rights in Your Content. After posting Your Content, you continue to retain ownership of Your Content, and you continue to have the right to use and license Your Content in any way you choose."
It says "Ning" instead of GenealogyWise, since the website is really http://genealogywise.ning.com. The servers you are uploading your content to are part of Ning.
Another important paragraph:
You hereby grant Ning, during the course of your usage of the Ning Platform, a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable and transferable right and license to (i) use, reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display Your Content (a) for the sole purpose of operating and making Your Content available on the Ning Platform and in all current and future media in which the Ning Platform may now or hereafter be distributed or transmitted or (b) for our internal business purposes;
Many will misread this and be reminded of the Facebook ToS that created the uproar a few months back. But the emphasized sentence is crucial. They aren't allowed by their terms to use your content for any purpose except making it available on the Ning platform. I guess theoretically they'd have the right to put your content on a different Ning social network. I don't think that's their intent though.
Since the "cross posting" Ol' Myrt here does is merely pull in the RSS feed from my original blog feeds posted elsewhere, they continue to be covered by my copyright at those sites.
I agree that looking at Craig Manson's viewpoints are a worthwhile read tp bring one up to speed on copyright issues from a practical standpoint.
Heaven help WorldVitalRecords & GW if they attempt to "own" our compiled genealogies. Ancestry.com learned from sad experience that users and the geneabloggers won't stand for such misappropriation of information. Finally, Ancestry.com recalled their American biographical collection from the paid subscription area, and finally from their site altogether.
There are a couple suggestions/questions I have and I hope I am not just repeating what others have already suggested or asked.
1. I would like help section or a FQA or a manual that would help new people figure out how to use the site effeciently.
I have reviewed pages and pages of messages trying to find out if someone using this site is researching the same surnames.
2. How do I respond directly to someone responding to comment I have left?
3. How do I limit the number of e-mail coming from the site. Right now it appears that if anyone leaves a comment on any of the groups site I belong to I get an e-mail. I have one address I use for all my Genealgical research and contacts.
Today I have about 20 e-mails. One is a response to a comment I left, but I don't know how to repsond to that person directly and any response to the group will be lost amoung all the other comments.
One way I have found to discover if there is anybody searching the same surname is to hover on MEMBERS on the top horizontal bar. A menu opens below - 3 options, the third one down being ADVANCED MEMBER SEARCH. This is just like the profile form we filled in when we joined................if you go down to "Surnames I am searching" [or something very similar] and type in just one of the names you are searching and then scroll down and press SEARCH it will bring up all those people who have entered that name.
Try it with Alabaster (my one name study) you will find it will bring up 9 people, including me!
Do hope that you get to read this .........................and that it helps!