Space Launch Companies Change the Copyright Landscape

You're free to use this picture from Apollo 4 (Photo credit: NASSA).

You’re free to use this picture from Apollo 4 (Photo credit: NASA).

To date, the U.S. government has been a major player in space exploration, technology, and photos. Under 17 USC §105, all photos taken and shared by the U.S. government are not subject to copyright law and free to be used by the public!

But as more private entities are exploring space, and launching payloads and with a rise in social media and photo sharing, what Copyright Laws come into play?

I had the opportunity to speak with Jason Koebler of Motherboard and weigh in on the topic. Check out the article here.
But you're not necessarily free to use this one! (Photo Credit: SpaceX)

But you’re not necessarily free to use this one! (Photo Credit: SpaceX)