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Sports Celebrity Photographs and Copyright Law in the United States

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John D. McMillen ,

Assistant Professor of Sport Law, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
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Raymond G. Schneider

Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
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Abstract

Sports memorabilia collecting is a $3bn per year industry in the United States. One popular and easily obtained memento is the sports celebrity photograph. Protected by the Copyright Act 1976, owners of sports celebrity photographs are entitled to several exclusive rights that restrict other’s use of their photographs. This article discusses the key exceptions of United States law that enable sports memorabilia collectors to market, trade, buy, and sell photographs, as well as outlining the potential legal pitfalls collectors should avoid, such as the duplication of photographs and the display of photographs over the internet.
How to Cite: McMillen, J. D., & Schneider, R. G. (2002). Sports Celebrity Photographs and Copyright Law in the United States. The Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, 1(1), 4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16997/eslj.184
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Published on 20 Mar 2002.
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