This legislation means that photographers and illustrators alike will see their artworks legally taken and used for another’s own gain. Perhaps by the likes of big companies who can well afford to pay. Perhaps in ways or by companies that you would not be happy with.
Professional photographer? This will hit your income.
Amateur photographer? Want to see your photos advertising some new product?
Why does all this matter? Well, you own the copyright to every photo you create but as soon as you post it online or send it to anyone by email, there’s a good chance it will become separated from any information that identifies you as the copyright owner. At this point it becomes know as an orphan work and The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 says it can be used by anyone, for free, so long as they can show they looked for the owner. How likely are they to find you among all the billions of images posted every day?
There’s a great blog post with more details here:
You can sign the petition here:
DO IT NOW! The Act has received Royal Assent but Regulations still need to be made.
Not in the UK? It applies to you too!