Digital Economy Bill

The stunningly ill-conceived piece of legislation known as the Digital Economy Bill is due to go to the report stage in the House of Lords next week.  It seems increasingly likely that the bill will be forced through before the the General Election in an attempt to bribe Murdoch & Co. to support Labour’s election campaign in the press.

Clause 43 is the most disturbing for photographers (and other creatives)  as it essentially legalises the theft of orphaned works (i.e. those whose authorship cannot be identified by a cursory search).  More in-depth critique of this bill can be found over at Copyright Action, the AOP, and the BJP.  You can find a template letter to send to your MP here.

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