The UK Intellectual Property Office has issued a 'myth busting' document after photographers accused the government of making it easy for others to steal their work if it becomes orphaned and the owner cannot be traced.
The document comes after it was widely reported that the new laws would mean rights were transferred away from the photographer to big international corporations that could then sub let works without the photographer seeing any profit.
This is not true, and the document makes it clear that in fact anyone wishing to use an orphan work must first apply to do so. The government will then only issue a licence to use the orphaned work if it is clear that a 'dilligent search' for the owner of the work has taken place.
It also assured photographers that sub letting is strictly forbidden and would not be allowed to happen, and that copyright will remain automatic - you won't have to register all your work to be covered.
The final details of the laws are still to be finalised, and photographers from organisations including the British Copyright Council and the Royal Photographic Society are to meet
with Viscount Younger of Leckie in June to discuss the final details of the legislation.
Take a look at the myth busting document here