Good news for all photographers in UK. Now photographers in the UK have an easy and cheaper legal path to take if they finds someone infringing upon their copyrights.
Last week the Pro-Imaging campaign for fair photo competitions ceased on the PI web site, and in its place a new and comprehensive web site has been launched at artists-bill-of-rights.org.
Pro-Imaging say "The aim of the new web site is to bring together all creative disciplines because photographers are not the only people being ripped off by unscrupulous competition organisers, and a broader based world-wide approach was considered necessary to combat this insidious and growing menace.
This is more of a heads up than anything else.
I work for two weekly newspapers in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties as a staff photographer.
Following the defeat of the Digital Economy Bill S43, BAPLA has moved to reassert its claimed role as leader of a "unique alliance" comprising "a number of leading industry bodies representing the vast majority of photographers, artists and photographic collections/agencies within the UK".
Statements on BAPLA's blog and in the BJP have been met with incredulity and anger by many of the tens of thousands of photographers whose direct action led to withdrawal of the Clause. A letter sent to politicians by BAPLA accepted S43 as a done deal and was cited as evidence of industry approval by Minister Timm's during the final Commons debate. This is a betrayal that photographers are now disinclined to overlook, and representative organisations are also coming under pressure to withdraw their support of BAPLA.
Editorial Photographers UK [EPUK] has now published an open letter to BAPLA that seeks to clarify matters. http://www.epuk.org/News/947/an-open-letter-to-bapla
S43 of the Digital Economy Bill was voted out of existence in the House of Commons at about 11pm Wednesday, with the brief announcement "The noes have it". The Clause, which threatened overly broad commercial orphan works usage rights and proposals for extended collective licensing that turned copyright on its head, was dropped by the Government in response to opposition pressure. The rest of the Bill survived.
This is a remarkable success for UK photographers, whose direct action and persistence is responsible for politicians being forced
A government amendment to the Digital Economy Bill, drops the controversial S43 that enables orphan and extended collective licensing.
At the Intellectual Property Office meeting on the 26th of February, a rather wonderful thing happened. All the attending organisations and representative bodies agreed with each other. If there was to be a means of licensing for orphan works within the Digital Economy Bill, then there was a need to restrain the creation of orphans by obliging publishers to attribute work, and a need for a duty of care toward metadata.
32 MP's = UK democracy in action
(so that's 614 who aren't there)
The Commons debate is now in progress and can be viewed at http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=6263
The next few days will decide the future of UK photography for a generation. On Tuesday 6th April the forthcoming election date will be announced and the Digital Economy Bill will be debated in the House of Commons. Inevitably most of the heat will surround Clause 18 and its controversially tough measures against file-sharing and piracy. Almost unreported outside the photographic press and photography websites, Clause 43 achieves the opposite, substantially weakening copyright for photographers.
In what appears to be a small miracle of truly inept thievery, both the Labour party and the Conservative party have published the above Audi Quattro image on the eve of deciding the future of photographic copyright