Thursday, January 23, 2014 and Mundia

I had a really long blog post written but I decided to delete the fluff (my opinion) and just alert you to something in the and Mundia Terms of Use.  You can form your own opinion.  Please read the entire paragraphs.  Mundia is owned by

Here is an excerpt from’s Terms and Conditions.  This is taken from section 5.

“By submitting User Provided Content to Ancestry, you grant Ancestry, its parent company and all of its affiliates, a transferable license to use, host, sublicense and distribute your submission to the extent and in the form or context we deem appropriate on or through any media or medium and with any technology or devices now known or hereafter developed or discovered.”


And this is from Mundia’s Terms and Conditions.  This is taken from section 5.1.  I like theirs better.  It is VERY explicit.

“For each item of content that you post, you grant to us and our affiliates a world-wide, royalty free, fully paid-up, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, and fully sublicensable (including to other Website users) license, without additional consideration to you or any third party, to: (i) reproduce, distribute, make available, transmit, communicate to the public, perform and display (publicly or otherwise), edit, modify, adapt, create derivative works from and otherwise use such content, in any format or media now known or later developed; (ii) exercise all trademark, publicity and other proprietary rights with regard to such content; (iii) use your name, photograph, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and biographical information as provided by you in connection with your content for the Service, in each case, in connection with your content. For example, after your registration or subscription has ended, we may continue to use and display any content that you previously posted, and other users may continue may access, change, edit, add to, subtract from or otherwise amend such content. If you do not want to grant us the rights set out in these Terms of Use, please do not post any content on the Website.”  [Emphasis THEIRS not mine.  They bolded that section]


Copyright © 2014 Michele Simmons Lewis


  1. Can't say that I read either closely when I signed up. I certainly prefer the clarity of the Mundia statement. In either case, my gut has long told me to be very careful with what I actually upload or post. Furthermore, in spite of the "private" designation for persons seen as "living" I avoid including information for living people. I do wonder whether or not a tree that has been deleted is still "usable" by Ancestry or Mundia.

  2. Kind of knew this was happening so try not to post anything I would want out there for the public to see. I try to only use it as a guide and not gospel because it can be changed and altered so much. Thanks for the post though.

  3. Don't think that's legal in Europe