They may be dumb, but they're not stupid.. They would only buy it if it had investment potential. It will no doubt continue under their name and for their price. We'll see if any of it is still free. Does anyone besides me think this is beginning to look like a monopoly? Furthermore, purchasers don't usually do what they say they will. It's actually a really good deal for them..the world feeds their investment for free, and they charge us to get any of it back..a renewable resource that gets bigger almost every moment. Wish I'd thought of it, but it's bigger than all of us. When LDS sold part of it some years back, they were promised by the buyer that certain parts of it would always be available at the history centers. Not so. I personally experienced that not being true, and told they no longer had access to some of the specific sources as promised. Genealogy is now big business, and everyone wants on the bandwagon. It works, because it pulls heartstrings of those millions of dedicated researchers like us. Things are going from bad to worse in that department, and costing more in the process. None of us are stupid enough to think it doesn't cost big bucks to maintain these things, but most of us feel ripped off by the prices, and the misleading sites that sucker people in as free, only to waste our time by ultimately winding up on their paid sites. I'll be spending more time the old fashioned way - at good libraries..