Tuesday, May 1, 2007

FreeOnAncestry.com forced offline

From the website creator:
Free On Ancestry.com

Update: April 27, 2007

The website "FreeOnAncestry.com" was forced offline by The Generations Network, the parent company of Ancestry.com.

FreeOnAncestry.com was originally built with the approval of the previous affiliate marketing staff of MyFamily.com, the same company before the name change to The Generations Network. They felt a site like FreeOnAncestry.com was a great way to create a positive image and branding to the genealogical community by highlighting the free tools and databases available to the public. It was a way to show genealogists that Ancestry.com was not just a big greedy cash cow that everyone seems to think it is, but a site that does in fact give back to the community.

But the new marketing staff didn't agree. They threatened us with legal action if we didn't take the site down.

They claimed that the domain name, "freeonancestry.com" is a violation of their trademark, because it contains the word, "ancestry.com". AS IF they have rights to any and all domain names with the word "ancestry" in it.

Bottom Line

So, we've taken the FreeOnAncestry.com site down, because The Generations Network is still the primary source of income on our flagship website, Interment.net. We can't afford to jeopardize that relationship. There just isn't another source of income that can provide us with the funds that Interment.net requires.

       - Steve Johnson, Clear Digital Media, Inc.

Meanwhile, please enjoy these other websites that provide free records for genealogical reference...

That's unfortunate. Why not rename the site to FreeAncestry.com? Oops. That still has "Ancestry.com" in it. How about FreeGenealogy.com. Oops. I guess they own the trademark Genealogy.com also. Well, how about FreeFamilyHistory.com? Nope! They own the FamilyHistory.com trademark also. Misspellings? Ancestory.com? Yep. Geneology.com? You guessed it.

Sorry, Steve. I guess you really can't bite the hand that feeds you.

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