It’s not just print journalists taking it on the chin these days. Per a long and highly informative article at by Don North, the acquisition of agencies Bettman Archives and Sygma by Bill Gates has done little to bring order to the domain of photo rights compensation.

In fact, fueled by the Internet’s power to at once disperse and devalue image assets, today’s consolidated photo news industry has become a virtual war zone. North zeroes in on an awful chapter involving photographer Dominique Aubert (pictured):

In 2000, during a trip to Los Angeles, Aubert discovered that some of his photos were being used in magazines for commercial advertising, which he had not authorized and had not been paid for.

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