Every look up at the night sky and think, "I wonder what knowledge Ancestry.com is keeping me from knowing?" I know I do.
And now so does The Black Vault, a UFO website who received a take down order of hundreds of scanned images. The images were of documents released as part of Project Blue Book, the United States government's unidentified flying object (UFO) program. Ancestry.com hosts scans of the images through their subsidary Fold3 and The Black Vault used the images on their site.
Representatives from Ancestry claim that this is not a copyright issue but one of digital theft. They scanned public documents they did not create and did the work to curate and host the scans on their site so they could charge others the privilege of looking at them. It makes sense if you think about all the hard work this large company did to put a barrier between public documents and the public.
This all smacks of corruption and cover-up. Just another way for the rich and ruthless to keep the little guy down. Does Ancestry have a leg to stand on in this case?
In a way, sorta. I mean, think about it. If I go to Washington, D.C. and take a picture of the Washington Monument and my friend took my picture and posted it claiming he did the work of going to the nation's capitol instead of sitting around eating Cheetos on his mom's couch JESUS YOU'RE 32 YEARS OLD GET A JOB, JERRY.
Sorry. But you see what I am getting at. Ancestry, the elite one percent of digital content, had the money to go to the National Archives and scan shit, so the owners of The Black Vault can do the same.
It just makes sense in the greedy culture we live in and have perpetuated by giving our money to assholes. And now I have to renew my library's Fold3 account and look at some alien documents.