respect the restrictions on sharing information that arise from the rights of another as an author, originator, or compiler; as a living private person; or as a party to a mutual agreement;
observe meticulously the legal rights of copyright owners, copying or distributing any part of their works only with their permission, or to the limited extent specifically allowed under the law's "fair use" exceptions;
identify the sources for all ideas, information and data from others, and the form in which they were received, recognizing that the unattributed use of another's intellectual work is plagiarism;
respect the authorship rights of senders of letters, electronic mail and data files, forwarding or disseminating them further only with the sender's permission;
inform persons who provide information about their families as to the ways it may be used, observing any conditions they impose and respecting any reservations they may express regarding the use of particular items;
require some evidence of consent before assuming that living people are agreeable to further sharing of information about themselves;
convey personal identifying information about living people-like age, home address, occupation, or activities-only in ways that those concerned have expressly agreed to;
recognize that legal rights of privacy may limit the extent to which information from publicly available sources may be further used, disseminated, or published;
communicate no information to others that is known to be false, or without making reasonable efforts to determine its truth, particularly information that may be derogatory;
are sensitive to the hurt that revelations of criminal, immoral, bizarre, or irresponsible behavior may bring to family members.
Genealogical publications are copyright protected. Although data is often retrieved from public archives, the searching, interpreting, collecting, selecting and sorting of the data results in a unique product. Copyrighted works can not be copied or re-published!
Please stick to the following rules
Ask permission before using data or at least notify the author, chances are the author will give permission, which can lead to more data exchange!
Do not use this data until you have checked it, preferably at the source (the archives)!
State from whom you have copied the data and ideally also his/her original source!