To be fair, this thread is looking a bit like the old 'all publicity is good publicity' adage applies, but anyway
Originally Posted by Nico Farmer
?! a photo posted in a public forum stay the property of its author IMO.
The bottom line is this is about being polite
Case in point: A few years ago, a guy allowed me to use his Sinai photo. I think he even suggested it. Then later he wrote he wanted it removed because of paranoia. So I removed it.
About the law:
The legal definition of what constitutes the public domain for a photo would depend on which country the server hosting it is located.
Anyway, I don't have anything more that I want to add to this thread, so have a good one.