Copyright Protection of Images Online

Nancy E. Wolff and Mikaela I. Gross

©2017. Published in Landslide, Vol. 9, No. 5, May/June 2017, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

It is a common cliché that art takes on a life of its own once its creator makes it available to the public to see, contemplate, critique, and copy. This was as true in ancient Greece and the Paris Salon as it is today. Yet in the Internet era, the ease of reproducing and disseminating visual works of art has led this cliché to take on new meaning. The tools of the Internet have made it increasingly difficult for creators of visual art, in particular photography, to control the spread of their works across multiple outlets, from web pages to various digital platforms.

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