Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Digital Economy Bill- removing the rights of creators.

Alarm bell are ringing amongst Artists and Photographers regarding the above Bill.

Clause 43 of this Bill is undefined and unclear, and appears to be based on consultation (which the Government can ignore.)

Extended Collective Licensing is also introduced by Clause 43. This means that someone finding an image, even if they can trace it back to you, does not have to contact you for permission to use it! They can go to a Government appointed 'collecting society' who will charge them a fee so they can do whatever they like with YOUR image.

This exploitation of creative works must be stopped now. Use this link to identify your MP (if you do not know him/her) and register your disagreement. Many thanks to Tracy Hall a fellow artist and blogger for the 'heads up' on this.

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