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A classic direct gear locomotive pulls cars of tourists into the station at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Cass, West Virginia

A classic direct gear locomotive pulls cars of tourists into the station at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Cass, West Virginia

 
 
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Designed to climb the steepest grades, swing around hairpin curves and negotiate frail temporary tracks, such locomotives pulled incredibly heavy loads from woods to mill in the early 1900s. Unlike standard steam locomotives, they are driven by direct gearing to each and every wheel. Power was all-important in the days of widespread lumber harvesting when West Virginia led the nation with more than 3,000 miles of logging railroad lines. All that are left (as of 2015) are 11 miles at Cass, restored as a tourist route up the mountains.
Credit line: West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Purchase; Carol M. Highsmith Photography, Inc.; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:055).
Forms part of: West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.

In 2015, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge. In 2016, Highsmith has filed a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against both Alamy and Getty stating “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs. “The defendants [Getty Images] have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people,” the complaint reads. “[They] are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees … but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.” According to the lawsuit, Getty and Alamy, on their websites, have been selling licenses for thousands of Highsmith’s photographs, many without her name attached to them and stamped with “false watermarks.” (more: http://hyperallergic.com/314079/photographer-files-1-billion-suit-against-getty-for-licensing-her-public-domain-images/)

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