Why We Need to Better Explain Copyright

The Detroit News has a story about about a copyright lawsuit filed by photographer Brian Masck. The story probably wouldn’t have made the news except it involves an iconic image, made by Masck, of a famous football player, Desmond Howard.

What troubles me is not in the story, it’s in the comments – resounding evidence that the vast majority of the population does not understand copyright law, how it is established or what it means. At all.

I hope the News continues to follow this … and, if he wins, sends a link to all the commenters who are speaking out agains Masck.

(Thanks to Mickey Osterreicher for the link.)