The Vice-Chairman of the British Press Photographers Association (BPPA) has spoken out against the proposed Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (ERRB) which could see copyright stripped from orphaned works.
Eddie Mulholland, Vice-Chairman of the BPPA, stated: "There are many reasons why every photographer should be up in arms about this."
The ERRB, if passed, would have very serious repercussions for photographers. It would mean that orphaned works, or works where the owner of the work cannot be found or contacted, can be used by anyone with no issues over copyright.
The government believe that this will help the economy in these difficult times, however photographers worry that it will impact their livelihood, and ultimately damage growth.
"This affects everyone who works in this country with a camera in their hands," said Mulholland. "You all have to take the time to read what it means for you. Even if you just read the summary we've provided you'll garner enough information to include in a letter to your MP or one of the Lords."
For further information, visit the BPPA website
, and the Stop43 website