Renowned photographer David Bailey has said that he is 'apalled' by a clause in the ERRB (Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill) which will essentially strip photographers of their rights to orphan works.
The legislation proposes that 'orphaned' works, or works without any tracable owner, can be used without the permission of the photographer.
Bailey has written to George Osbourne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to voice his opinion on the legislation. In the letter, he states "social media, and everyone else for that matter routinely strip our names and contact details from our digital files. They simply should not be allowed to get away with this. They can because our government refuses to give us the right to our names by our pictures (Moral rights). So now commercial organisations will be allowed to make money from our “orphans”, but not us, the creators."
Bailey's letter to parliament comes as the bill enters the final phase of becoming law. Any final amendments will be considered in parliament on 22 April 2013.
To see David Bailey's letter in full, take a look at the British Press Photographer's Association website
. To find out more about the bill and what it will mean for you, go to the Stop 43 website