(I am not referring to "user submitted content" - which might fall under copyright by the person who submitted it - I am referring to vendor provided database images.
I realize there may be some very specific isolated scenarios - but I am interested in what is the most common / general case.
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feedback from Ancestry.com support says that if they have an option to download/save an item from their databases that in general that means you can do what you want with the item (they don't claim copyright)
again not referring to user uploaded content, but things like census images and the like.
BUT even a very large portion of user content is technically in the public domain.
As an example - If you have some old family photo and you scan it - that in no way makes you a copyright holder of the scan. whoever took the original photo is the copyright holder and if that was pre 1923 in most cases it is in the public domain.0