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Too Good To Print

I just ran across an interesting story about photographers having trouble getting prints made of their digital images. It seems like most photo labs (even places like Wal-Mart) have policies against printing images that are from a professional and could be copyrighted.

With digital cameras getting better and with more photographers using photo editing software, the line between amateur and professional starts to blur. On one hand, I can see why professional photographers need protection. They have to make a living and selling prints is part of that. On the other hand, this story points out how copyright laws are coming up short in the digital age.

I can understand the frustration on both sides of this story. So is it a good thing to have folks think your work is that of a professional? And, how did Wal-Mart get stuck with the burden of having to decide which is which?