This must be stopped, because ancestry.com has already gobbled up
several other free Internet websites and has converted them to
pay-only websites or has closed them down altogether. For example the
immensely valuable Social Security Death Index was bought by
ancestry.com and has since disappeared.
By the way, ancestry.com is a Mormon website based in Utah with a
connection to a certain presidential candidate, in case you have not
Monopoly laws such as the Sherman Anti-Trust Act should be examined to
see if they can apply to one Internet based company taking over
another Internet based company.
Archives.com is based in San Francisco and primarily scans public
domain works published before 1923 and makes them available for
Internet downloading. I used them recently to reprint the 1907 book
“Struggle” by World Chess Champion Emanuel Lasker. Although the book
can still be downloaded free of charge from archives.com many people
do not like to read books online and thus have bought my reprint where
they can flip through the pages. If the takeover by ancestry.com is
successful, based on their track record, these resources will no
longer be available to the public.
The Real Sam Sloan