i'm wondering about using information from others sites (smart matches) & research. is this permissable? are there rules & regs about this? i don't mind sharing my information but certainly wouldn't want others to think i 'stole' their infomation.
I have struggled with this problem also and have resolved it for myself as follows. I am delighted to share whatever information I have with fellow myHeritage users and therefore have made my family tree accessible to all other users. If they want more, all they have to do is ask or request to become a member of my site and have full access. If one does not want to share any information at all, one should make one's site completely private. I have gratefully used and down-loaded information from other sites, but I always try to let the owner know with a thank-you note whenever possible. When there is a smart match with a completely private site, I try to contact the owner, who sometimes responds but often not. I hope this helps.