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Proposed Copyright Changes Cause Protest - Proposed copyright changes to alter the way orphan works can be used in the UK has caused protest worldwide.
Proposed copyright changes in the UK have sparked a worldwide protest.
The changes, which are stated in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform bill, have led photographers from The American Society of Press photographers among others, to write a joint letter to the Secratary of State for Business, Enterprise and Skills in the UK expressing their serious concerns over the bill.
The bill is designed to get rid of unnecessary bureaucracy, but it will mean that orphaned works, or works where the owner cannot be traced, can be used without the permission of the copyright owner.
The bill will be dealt with by the House of Lords in December, but it has already met serious concerns from photographers the world over because it means that foreign works could also be used under the new bill in the UK.
You can take a look at the bill for yourself here: Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill