The commercial companies don't, I think, own the copyright to the digital
images - after all these are just scans of TNA's microfilms (except for the
1911 census where there is only one set of official images). But when you
use a commercial site you are bound by its terms and conditions, which will
almost certainly limit re-use of the material.
If you have access to Ancestry, there is way to do it without asking
permission from anyone or bothering about any terms and conditions: Ancestry
has a 'share this record' option -it places the census image in a publicly
accessible location and gives you a link to tell you where it is, a link
which you can share with anyone. I've no idea precisely how long such pages
remain visible, i.e. how long the URL remains valid, but in my experience it
is at least several months.
Here's an example: http://sharing.ancestry.co.uk/3640213?h=37a526
From: sog-uk-bounces(a)rootsweb.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of Peter Goodey
Sent: 30 January 2014 17:45
Subject: Re: [SOG-UK] Census pages Copyright
On Thu, 2014-01-30 at 14:08 +0000, Keith Atkinson wrote:
We are a not-for-profit Local Amenity Society compiling an online
Directory of historic buildings in our area. We would like to upload
or link the relevant census pages onto our site to show the
occupants/occupations etc of these buildings over the decades The
easiest way is to use the TNA Census pages. These are presumably
copyrighted but of course widely available online and at TNA.
This page may help.
"You may quote or transcribe from Crown copyright documents freely and
without formal permission. However you must give the document reference
number and acknowledge The National Archives as custodian of the document.
If you wish to publish an image of a document held at The National Archives
(including readers' own photographs of records) then you should contact the
Image Library for further advice"
If you want to display images downloaded from a commercial company, there
may be other copyright issues which you'll have to explore.
I suspect that transcriptions would have to be your own original
transcriptions and not copied from Ancestry or FMP etc.
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