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UK Legislation for Orphan Works

Thu May 2, 2013, 4:08 AM

image © 2013 Jason Brown. Please feel free to copy and redistribute this image.

Don’t Let the UK Government remove our rights to our artwork and photography!! This affects every single person who posts images on the internet! Please sign it (if you need to be a UK resident or citizen) and support us!

This is a complete disgrace and has been pushed though without thought or consideration to the artists and photographers whose rights they are taking away, all in the name of economic progress in a bill that has absolutely nothing to do with copyright.

Stop Legalised Theft of Copyrighted Works E-Petition
Orphan Works are not free images E-Petition

Unfortunately the E-Petition is only for UK residents/citizens, however this affects everyone who posts images on the internet, your won't be immune regardless of where you are based, so please pass this along!

:bulletpink: David Baileys Letter to George Osbourne…

:bulletpink: News Articles The Register -…; , BBC -…

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The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act was passed this week, legislating for the commercial use of "orphan works"
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How the hell has this been passed through? What on earth is their definition of an orphan work anyway? And does it affect those outside the UK?
Elandria Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Will affect everyone posting work to the internet since there are no "country boundaries"  They still believe this is the best way forward, all we can do is wait and see.  As far as I'm concerned its deeply flawed before it even goes public.
georgewjohnson Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm a UK photographer and this crap has annoyed me for the last few months since they tried this the first time around but it got thrown out. This time they sneaked it in undercover of another bill.

I love the way it's now 100% the opposite the way it was, it used be that worked was protected by default and if they couldn't find you then they had to keep their mitts off. Now they do a single Google search, maybe a quick look through Shutterstock if they can be arsed to and if nothing comes up it's theirs. You don't lose copyright but you they get to cream off profit from your hard work and you get nothing but a royal shafting! Well whoopee-effing-do, I get to keep my copyright! That'll do me sod all good when my livelihood or second income is being flushed down the toilet as the scumbahs get money from my work.

I final kick in the arse from Cameron and his cronies, "It'll help the economy and revitalise the creative industry.". F**K OFF CAMERON! No what it'll do is put money in the pockets of executives of unscrupulous agencies who don't give a rat's arse about creativity, executives who are no doubt some of the mates of our beloved politicians, the ones who were no doubt "encouraged" to push this law through!

Reminds me of what is happening to the game poachers. Once all the animals have been slaughtered, there's nothing left for them to butcher. Same thing will happen to the UK creative industry, we will see a sharp decline in quality work as those savvy creatives pull their work down or only upload very tiny thumbnails and really low quality samples, watermarked to hell that cannot be ripped off which will leave the dodgy agencies ripping off only the real dregs that are left for them to steal.

As you can tell I find the whole thing utterly sickening and typical of the sort of people who have never so much as doodled on a piece of paper let alone poured their heart an soul into creative work.
Elandria Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
All we can do is hope that somebody can make whoever it is that makes the next part of the legislation see sense. :(
georgewjohnson Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
We keep filling in the petitions and write to our MPs, maybe if enough weight is applied we can make a change to this awful law. This doesn't just affect a small group of us, it's everyone from the Instagram mobile snapper to the top-of-their-game professional. Hopefully if more well known people like David Bailey speak out we can make a difference.
Elandria Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fingers crossed!
Le-Regard-des-Elfes Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Digital Artist
I found this petition only for British citizen: "Stop Legalised Theft of Copyrighted Works" [link]
Birdsatalcatraz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I signed, thanks for the link x
Elandria Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep, as its UK legislation unfortunately you have to be a British citizen to sign it - even though it will affect everyone :(
WorldBuilding Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Writer
I thought the whole Copyright on Orphaned works was passed years ago or was that just in America?

All I can say is it seems to be another example of how Cameron believes he's running a dictatorship and not democracy. This government seems to have a fetish for passing big bills under the radar.
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