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The Common Room / Re: Changes to FIND MY PAST "My Records"
« on: Tuesday 04 September 18 07:45 BST (UK)  »
I contacted FindMyPast customer service and I was able to renew my old type of sub with my loyalty discount. So it was all right after all, but I don't know how long I could have left it before I would have had to have had one of the new subs.
Lucky I wasn't away on holiday when it expired.
You are allowed a 30 day period after the lapse of you subscription to renew and keep your loyalty discount, probably a reasonable period allowing for holidays etc.

The Common Room / Re: Changes to FIND MY PAST "My Records"
« on: Thursday 30 August 18 20:08 BST (UK)  »

This looks like an attempt to make retrospective/retroactive changes to the terms of existing contracts between FindMyPast and their customers.  My knowledge of English contract law isn't up-to-date, but I wouldn't have thought this was legal.  (Of course they can do what they like in respect of future contracts.)

Would anyone with relevant legal qualifications care to comment?


Findmypast Ts&Cs, which all their customers agree to, state:

" 20.Our right to amend Records

We reserve the right to make changes to the Records and services we offer on the Site without notice at any time. "

So yes they are quite within their rights.


World War Two / Re: ARCTIC MEDALS
« on: Thursday 02 August 18 17:41 BST (UK)  »
He received the Russian medal before he died, but I'm not sure whether or not anyone applied for the British medal on his behalf.  I will have to make enquiries.
To apply it says you have to be the official NoK (based on Intestacy Law). I'm not sure there is such a thing in the UK, but even so there is a list on the form, and you could tick any of them, there would be no checks that you were either who you said you were or that those above you on the list were still alive. I'm sure the vast majority of people would stick to the rules so hopefully it shouldn't be a problem finding out if someone has applied (follow the list on the form).


The Common Room / Re: Gggrrrrrr!! Private Tree on Ancestry photos copied (Part 2)
« on: Saturday 21 July 18 10:21 BST (UK)  »
That's interesting Andrew.
 Is the originator of a photograph the person who commissioned it, in my case my grandparents?
Copyright is not held by the person who commisions a photograph. The Copyright is held by the person who took the photograph. For example if you "commission" someone be it a proffessional photographer or just your neighbour, they will hold the copyright not you.


World War Two / Re: ARCTIC MEDALS
« on: Monday 09 July 18 12:30 BST (UK)  »
I sent off for my Dad's medal just after Christmas. I went through his service record identifying ships and dates. I used the link MaxD has just given and cross referenced Dad's dates with the ship's movements and put this information on the form. I may have also put the Convoy identifiers as well which would be the proof needed. Medal arrived after 2 months.


The Common Room / Re: Ancestry search up the spout?
« on: Sunday 24 June 18 07:24 BST (UK)  »
I'm starting to wish I hadn't renewed my sub!
Maybe we could get a few free months eh  ;).
You will have more chance travelling back in time and meeting your ancestors than getting any refund or free months from Ancestry. They have stated several times on their Facebook page that it is not their policy to do this, claiming that it is a small minority that have been affected by their problems which have been going on for the last 3 months. You only have to read Trust Pilot comments (they now have the lowest possible rating) and on their Facebook page to get a taste of the contempt they seem to have for their suffering customers.


Armed Forces / Re: Royal Artillery
« on: Wednesday 20 June 18 15:35 BST (UK)  »
Maybe he came back from India and was still married but had left his wife and so any further marriage would have been bigamous. They were then just living as a married couple.


The Common Room / Re: People stealing things off your tree?
« on: Wednesday 20 June 18 10:23 BST (UK)  »
I guess I just don't get it. I'm glad whenever someone connects to my tree or adds something. I don't care if a picture is reproduced on another genealogy site, as long as the information is correct. It's not like I'm getting hacked or something if I already publicly posted or gave someone some images.
However, whether itís of concern to you is really of no matter. Ancestry holds the licence for all images that have been uploaded by their customers so nobody can just come along, take copies of those that are publically available and display them anywhere else without Ancestryís permission.

The OP has posed a different issue. They have given permission for someone to see their private tree and subsequently this person has copied some (many) photos (screen shot or some other method) and uploaded them as if they were their own. Iím assuming that when you are given access to someoneís private tree you cannot attached any images to your own tree, hence this person using some other copy method. The issue here then is one of copyright. As the distant cousin does not own the copyright of the images that they have acquired, then they are breaking the Ancestry Ts&Cs by uploading them. The OP can ask Ancestry to have them removed, although I suspect proving ownership of copyright may be difficult and some may well be out of copyright any way (restored or not).


The Common Room / Re: Gggrrrrrr!! Private Tree on Ancestry photos copied (Part 2)
« on: Tuesday 05 June 18 12:37 BST (UK)  »
If I find a photo shared by another user, I will download the photo and reupload it in the way that I described. My avatar is an example of this.
Any photo uploaded by another User to their Public Tree or shared in any other way, can be used by any other User in their online Ancestry tree. This being the case, what do you actually acheive by doing this, the original is still available elsewhere. Strictly speaking, as you don't own the copyright, you shouldn't be uploading it anyway.


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