Why Facebook?

 
  DJPeters Deputy Commissioner

Putting up photos on the internet allows any bot or crawler as they are called to copy them that is how you can find things on the likes of Google or Bing. Often though these photos do not carry any ID or info on them so you use that photo to illustrate a point say on here and someones comes along and states that photo is mine. However that is permissable under Aust copyright law you can use a sample of something that is copy right and in the case of a photo collection then one photo could be deemed a sample of that collection. A lot like me do not give a fig about photos being used elsewhere as long as they are not used for damaging things etc or any other like uses.

I had found one of my photos on another website by sheer accident one night and they had obviously downloaded it from something like GOOGLE or Bing and no info was pasted up with it. But pointing out that it was my photo, I then got an Email from the site owner asking for permission to keep it up after I joined the site that is and I said yes keep it there you are not selling shoes souls or what ever but a sort of historical site and the photo was historical. I lost nothing at all I still have the original photo, about the only thing I have lost is a payment for using it but I am not greedy that way. Just glad that someone thought my photo good enough to use actually.

Not all would agree with me though, but a lot of photographers have huge ego's at times over a simple photo. As long as they do not download and use all my photos in one go, then using just one is simply a sample under the Aust Copyright laws.

I should add that how often have you read a book which has a few lines from someone else book on a similar subject mainly historical type books where Joe Blow stated in his book little know facts about the trains "that trains run on specially made tracks on a bed of crushed rock". Which is word for word as Joe Blow wrote in his, this is allowable, but copying a whole chapter or a page or something is not though. This is simply sampling the other work.

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  Bethungra Train Controller

You can't find any posts in groups easily on Facebook no th platform of choice unless you are posting about your dinner or a selfie.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Facebook, despite all its faults, has brought many railfans into rail internet discussion groups. A large portion of these were not previously on internet groups such as Railpage and Yahoogroups (previously known as egroups), and if you were around long enough, aus.rail  aus.rail.model (name?) groups from last century, although I think aus.rail is still going. There was also aus.aviation group.

Many of the extra railfans on the internet due to Facebook include both younger generation as well as very knowledgeable people I recall from the ARHS etc who previously were not internet connected via discussion groups with other railfans. That fact alone makes me grateful for Facebook as now these long term researchers are linked to us newer researchers trying to do our own research that will eventually be published via ARHS / LRRSA etc venues. These researchers seem glad their material is of use for newer research to the ARHS / LRRSA etc, as many spent decades establishing the ARHS / LRRSA into the fantastic research repositories these organisations are today.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Facebook, despite all its faults, has brought many railfans into rail internet discussion groups. A large portion of these were not previously on internet groups
petan
Lets be honest, most of them are grandparents who got on there to like their grandkids posts first of all.

The funny part is now most kids won't touch Facebook because it's become an old persons thing.
  DJPeters Deputy Commissioner

You can't find any posts in groups easily on Facebook no th platform of choice unless you are posting about your dinner or a selfie.
Bethungra
Nearly all facebook pages have an option to search that page, it is not an extensive search though but it is better than nothing at all. On the left hand side under the different things that are on that page is a box marked search this site that allows you to search the page you are on.

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