Most of us skip over terms of service screens as they are somewhat generic. But thankfully, Bill took the time and discovered Ancestry.com's stated intentions:
Call me silly, but it appears that in paragraph #1 Ancestry.com at Mundia.com grants you full ownership of your uploaded content, but then paragraphs #2 & #3 effectively remove typical, standard ownership rights.
The Website may contain areas where you can post content, such as text, images, photographs, data, files and other materials. For purposes of clarity, as between you and us, you retain ownership of any content that you post, subject to the following paragraph.
To the extent permitted by applicable law, you agree to waive all moral rights in any content that you post or send whilst using the Website, including the right to be identified as the author of such content.
Source: Ancestry's http://us.mundia.com/TermsConditions viewed 12/14/2009 9:17am Mountain Daylight time.
SO MUNDIA IS...
... a member trees website that includes a map-based interface. It is a creation of Ancestry.com that is in a "beta" testing stage right now. The concept isn't new -- that of encouraging interface with other researchers whose ancestors are in the same geographic area as yours . Good idea, Ancestry.com.
That Ancestry.com wishes to own everything you post and can re-purpose your content in any venue it chooses is also, unfortunately, not a new concept. Bad idea, Ancestry.com.
IN MY HUMBLE OPINION
This ill conceived project is just shades of the old Ancestry.com Internet Biographical Collection. See:
- DearMYRTLE: Numbers, ranking & Ancestry.com where Ol' Myrt here first discusses Ancestry's Internet Biographical Collection.
- DearMYRTLE: Ancestry withdraws offensive database
- DearMYRTLE: Ancestry speaks about this week's fiasco
Please note that Ol' Myrt has benefitted by placing a version of her personal database online at Ancestry.com to allow Ancestry.com computers to find possible record matches and like-ancestored fellow researchers. But at Ancestry.com, unlike Mundia, members who upload info have the option to select public or private use.
If I find my content is considered owned by Ancestry.com, Ol' Myrt here will just give up on that site like I have Mundia. One researcher has observed "it would appear the Ancestry.com lawyers have taken over again" and left common sense behind -- effectively "waiving all moral rights".
The Ancestry.com legal team is messing up the good work being done by the programmers on the Mundia project.
Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.