UC Law SF Communications and Entertainment Journal


On December 18, 1994, a group of exquisite and incredibly well-preserved Stone Age paintings were discovered in the mountains of southern France. Because the presence of visitors would hasten the artwork's deterioration, the public will likely not be allowed to view the paintings. Fortunately, a mere month after their discovery, images of the prehistoric art appeared on the Internet and have been transmitted around the world on commercial and noncommercial systems. The author utilizes this archeological cache as both an example of the uses of advanced information technology and a colorful fact pattern to explore many of the challenges facing legislators in the areas of copyright and computers.