A briefing paper that objects to UK government plans to change copyright legislation that could potentially confiscate photographer's rights to their work and possibly affect their income, has been signed by over 70 organistaions.
The 70 organisations have so far signed the bill, and represent many artistic industries, including photography, writing and artistry.
The document was released to the public on 11 January, and has been sent to the peers participating in the ongoing debates at the committee stage of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. The document was drafted by Serena Tierney, Head of Intellectual Property at Bircham Dyson Bell. Stop 43 participated in the creation of the document.
say that the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill will impact photographers negatively. There are three main clauses that affect photographers: Clause 66, 67 and 68.
On their website, Stop43.org.uk
say: "Clause 66 would enable 'the Secretary of State' to change copyright exceptions and strip you of your Intellectual Property Rights - which are also your Human Rights - by imposing regulations that Parliament cannot alter.
Clause 67 would empower 'the Secretary of State' (as above) to change at will the duration of copyright for unpublished, anonymous and pseudonymous works. Intended ostensibly to fix the bizarre legal anomaly that unpublished works going back to medieval manuscripts remain in copyright until 2039, as written it could be used to strip copyright protection from almost any anonymous work. Photographs are easily anonymised: most on the Internet have had their creators’ details removed.
Clause 68 says that if someone finds your photograph, wants to use it and decides that they can’t trace you, they'll be able to do whatever they like with it after paying an arbitrary fee to a UK Government-appointed ‘licensing body’. You’ll never know unless you happen to find it being used in this way."
For more detailed information and to find out how the bill will affect you, visit the Stop 43