On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM, Pradeep Mohandas <
pradeep.mohan...@gmail.com> wrote:

> hi,
> I understand. But the question is that of access to the driver/guard bogey.
> We can either be there or not be there at all. Another issue is that we can
> use the video during daytime only.
> It's an interesting logistical exercise along with having a "free" video
> tape of all of that length of railway line.

Quite apart from the permission of the Railway authorities, please be aware
that we, all of us, have a responsibility not to inadvertently record anyone
without their express permission. This may not be expressed explicitly in
legal terms in India, hence may not cross the line being drawn by the
Creative Commons partners, but is nevertheless an important distinction to
be recognised whilst undertaking anything as incredibly scaled up as this.
It could be done, in practical terms, by editing all the footage and
blurring all faces, mostly automatically.

For those who think perhaps this is a sort of googly, please do some reading
on Google Street View, and the judgments of the European Court, aside from
individual countries such as UK and Germany, just for perspective.

I am totally in favour of this project being done, by the way. If enough
people can be found across the country who have time and access to Flips, I
doubt it would be very difficult to carry out, provided the Railways is
willing (and it is not illegal) to allow people in the Guard Bogies. I have
seen Flip night recordings, by the way, and do not think this is a major
impediment either.

With care (for individuals/faces), I think it might even be possible to do
on some city suburban rail lines. It may not require any permissions, if it
is done from passenger carriages. But doing it from the motorman's viewpoint
(definitely needs permission) could create some totally fascinating footage.

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