I really am getting old and crotchety, I think. Either that, or I just have very little tolerance for other people’s crap.
The picture at the top of this article is one I have hanging in my living room. It is a picture of two of my grand uncles, William Carlton and Vernon Wilbur Wright. There is only one other picture like this and I am unsure of its location. I do, however, know that there are not some 20 people with a copy of it – all of them subscribers to Ancestry.com.
I do know where they got the photo. I’ve posted it. I’ve also asked that if it is reused that those who use it credit me as the content creator. I own the original and the photographer is long dead.
When I read the original uploader names on Ancestry, I have to ask why they don’t credit their source. Do they not care that they are using something that belongs to another? Is the world of the internet so open nowadays that content belongs to all?
I am always happy to share my genealogical finds and the documents and photos I dredge from dusty boxes of old family. I would be happier if I am credited with the discovery or the ownership of my items.