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UK Intellectual Copyright 'Myth Busting' Document

UK Intellectual Copyright 'Myth Busting' Document - The UK Intellectual Property Office has released a document that sets straight some of the myths around new copyright laws recently implemented.

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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 (pdf).

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discreetphoton e2
9 3.4k 20 United Kingdom
9 May 2013 5:55PM
I note it says nothing of what will happen if the owner turns up after a "dilligent search" has failed...

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9 May 2013 6:53PM

Quote: I note it says nothing of what will happen if the owner turns up after a "dilligent search" has failed...

I guess if the owner turns up after a search then it either wasnt very diligent, or the owner didn't take adequate steps to identify ownership of his/her work at the time posting online
llareggub 3 664 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 7:34AM

Quote: I note it says nothing of what will happen if the owner turns up after a "dilligent search" has failed...

I think it is pretty clear, the owner will be paid what ever is considered to be the due fee less what ever cost the government will charge to administer the scheme.

There has been much hysteria about this and as with all things of this nature consequences are blown out of all proportion. In reality nothing at all will change, those that are going to steal photos will continue to do so and those that do not, will not. I think as a piece of legislation is it crude and not particularly useful to anyone, however it is certainly not the aggressive rights grab that many in the hysterical camp are claiming.

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