Regarding content, copyright was raised as an issue a few other times, including in the discussion about censorship. Craig Manson is a member; his postings have been excellant. He has a discussion topic, "The Law Forum," link below: http://www.genealogywise.com/forum/topics/the-law-forum-copyright
Hope this helps.--GJ
Thanks, I'll check it out. I'm concerned about photos, docs, etc., too. I no longer upload anything to Ancestry, because they claim ownership of anything on their site. I don't want to run into the same issue here.
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.
There have been several requests for FAQs and help pages. I'll leave those questions in the hope that FamilyLink will respond.
You wrote, "How to I respond directly to someone .... comment I have left?"
I click on the responder's hyperlinked name ... which will take me to their personal page. From their page, you can scroll/maneuver to the “Add a Comment” new message box at their “comment wall.” Type your message into the box and click the “Add Comment“ button. I don’t think there is a way to edit an item on the Comment Wall. If you need to change your message, you can deleted and re-add the comment.
You wrote, “How do I limit emails…..”
To my knowledge, for the time being, email notification is an all or nothing option. There have been requests for different enhancements that will reduce the flood. On the group pages, there are two sections where members exchange notes. The first section is the “Discussion Forum”; it has an RSS feed. The other section is the “Comment Wall”; the comment wall has no RSS feed. I haven’t tried it, but as an workaround (alternative to all or nothing), you might try subscribing to the RSS feed and turning off the notification emails (at the group page, “stop following”). In that workaround mode, you’d rec’v RSS feeds for anything posted as a group “Discussion”; you’d rec’v no notification about items posted to the group’s “Comment Wall.”
I’m not low tech, but I am slow tech. If I’ve described the technology wrong or if there is a better alternative, hope others will respond. --GJ