Wal-Mart Jumps Into The Copyright Question Concerning Photo Reprinting
from the orphan-works,-indeed dept
Earlier this year, there was a lot of talk following a few news stories about various photo processing locations that were refusing to make prints of photos that "looked too good" for fear that they could be violating copyright. It was a silly situation, where people couldn't get new prints made of their own photos if they happened to have actually taken a decent shot. Well, now, it appears that Wal-Mart is trying to do something about that (if ever so slightly). They're taking part in a discussion about how "orphan works" should be dealt with. These are works where the owner of the copyright is unknown or unreachable. Wal-Mart is saying that this could apply to certain photographs as well -- and if the law is changed, it could allow them to more easily print such photos without fear of breaking copyright law.