Photographers are to meet the government next month because of industry fears that new laws regarding copyright will lead to exploitation of images on the internet.
Over 16,000 people have now signed a petition
against the proposed changes in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, which will mean that permission from the creator will no longer be needed when a photo is made orphaned.
There is a chance that anyone's photos could become orphaned on the net, after it was discovered that a lot of the top social network sites will strip metadata
from images to lessen file sizes, in some cases leaving it very difficult to trace the original owner of the work.
The Royal Photographic Society and the British Copyright Council are just two of the organisations that are meeting Viscount Younger of Leckie, the Under Secretary of State for Intellectual Propery, on 10 June 2013.
It is hoped that the meeting will help to shape the legislation before regulations come into force later on in the year.