Photographers and their professional associations are up in arms over a recent article suggesting parents might be able to save money by scanning and digitally reproducing copies of copyrighted school photographs without paying the photographer or studio that created the images.

It started innocently enough. In early November, SmartMoney Magazine’s Internet site,, published an article titled “Top Five Annoying School Costs.” The article, by Stacey Bradford, associate editor for SmartMoney, identified the cost of school photographs among the top five annoying school expenses parents will encounter.

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