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