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Not sure if it is correct to post pictures taken from another site or not.  Since they are on the internet, does this make it ok to share with other railroad people who loves to see these old locomotives.  I figured if they were available to see, than others who were not aware of the site could see them in this format.

If someone can give me a legal interpretation about this, I would sure appreciate it.  If it isn't legal, than, I apologize and will not do it anymore.  Don't want to take someone else's great work away from them.

Thanks very much.

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Comment by Ed Merrin on February 9, 2012 at 9:30am

I don't think I agree that just because there isn't a copyright notice you don't need permission. Images get spread all over the web without attribution and it may not have come from the original photographer/owner.  If in doubt and it's traceable I think it's courtesy to ask. Sometimes you don't know who to ask, unfortunately.

Comment by Eldon G. Whitehead on February 5, 2012 at 9:16pm

Thanks Zac:  In posting these pictures, I did not see any copyrights notice.  Most of the time, on these kinds of things, the owner of the items would post a copyright notice, which, means that you have to have their permission.  I don't think there was anything like that on the sites that I shared with all of you. 

Mark, if you are monitoring these postings, could you give us your opinion?  Would be helpful.  I do try to recognize the owner of the pictures if I can.

Comment by Zachary M. Toler on February 5, 2012 at 8:41pm

The best thing to do is to ask for and get permission to post somebody else's work. The next best thing is to post a link to their photo, which doesn't require permission or violate copyright. Most pages online can be linked to by copying the URL at the top of the page, then pasting it where you want to share it. Anyone who clicks the link then goes right to that page. Some sites call this hot linking, and won't allow you to do it, but most sites you can do this. Also, as this is a non-commercial scenario, and it's being done for educational and commentary purposes, you could post photos without permission and have a "Fair Use" argument, especially if they aren't from a commercial photographer. When in doubt about something on here, I ask Mark Drury, since it's his site.


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