Publication Title

Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal


copyright, licensing royalties, stock photography

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Section II of this article describes the existing legal claims and remedies available to creators and distributors of stock photos who are confronted with the unauthorized use of their images. Section III discusses the alternatives to individual licensing and enforcement actions. After concluding that a centralized computer distribution and accounting system would best'serve the creators and distributors, section IV suggests how existing industry standards can help tailor the implementation of the collecting society model. Section V briefly discusses the international implications of such a distribution scheme, focusing on the problems of variable copyright terms and foreign collecting societies.

This article is a version of an article that "received Second Prize in the 1993 High Technology Law Journal Comment Competition."