Being a war correspondent in Iraq is life-threatening. But if a U.S. Army IP lawyer is to be believed, this dangerous reporting assignment may have one more risk — the Army is free to distribute an embedded reporter’s work without permission.

In May 2005 a homemade bomb exploded in Mosul, Iraq, and frantic U.S. soldiers rushed to the scene to assess the damage. Freelance journalist Michael Yon was there, and he snapped a stunning photograph of an American soldier tightly cradling a bloody Iraqi girl in his arms. Newspapers across the country, including The Washington Post and USA Today, put the photograph on their front pages. People e-mailed the photo to each other, and posted it on their blogs. Time named the iconic image one of the best photos of 2005.

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