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Journal Entry: Mon Apr 29, 2013, 3:29 AM
The UK coalition government has passed the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act. While the name has seemingly nothing to do with photography or copyright it contains a damaging clause that permits the use of 'orphan works' by all and sundry. The government previously tried to push through orphan works in 2010 but, having been met with considerable opposition, failed to get the amendments voted through. This time however there were sneaky/clever enough to embed the paragraphs around irrelevant (to copyright producers) laws.

The tired argument is that by freeing up copyright it will stimulate growth - both financial and creative - and speed up those boring afternoons spent licencing work when you can't trace the owner of an art work.

It's the same as a law stating that you have to leave your front door unlocked and open to allow sticky fingered crooks an easier path to your TV.

The onus is now completely on the copyright holders (us) to register (at a cost) and chase up payment. End users only have to carry out a 'diligent' search to determine if a piece of work is under copyright - before the assumption was very much ALL WORK is under copyright and if you weren't sure then not to use it. Now the assumption will be that all work is an orphan unless they are told differently.

The act also allows sub-licencing. So a company can sweep up 'orphans' then setup a library licencing that work and collecting a fee for it.

Let's be clear - THIS AFFECTS ALL ASPECTS OF COPYRIGHT - not just photographers but illustrators, animators, painters, writers...

There's a good write up here on the Register. If you live in the UK I strongly urge you to write to your local MP explaining how this will affect you as an artist, your ability to earn a living and the knock-on effect it will have on artistic works being taken off the internet and kept out of the public domain.

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Adam
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Professional button pusher who spends other time learning piano and banjo, baking, getting tattooed and weighing Great Danes (10st was the last). I've won awards (but not as many as the ones I didn't win). I have a photojournalism and portrait website and a music photography website. Oh and a blog (who doesn't).
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Hi! You've been featured here! [link]
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cetrobo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
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Hello,

Many many thanks my Friend !
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PrincessKooh Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol you user name is clever :-)



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ShannonKennedy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student Photographer
i absolutely envy your work and lifestyle! I'd love to be a photographer like you!
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WhatCanWeSave Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
about time i found someone else from England on DA
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pinkglow13 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Hello, do you know that your photographs are being used in the follwing group on Facebook?

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That have been taken from here by the same group on DA [link]
and then posted to their Facebook page.

I am letting people know as i found my pictures there as well and wish for them to be removed. I have reported the copyright infringement on my photos to Facebook.
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Natsum-i Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist
Good luck. Thanks for sharing these photo's... Hope you and yours stay safe.
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