U.K. Passes Orphan Act Bill
The landscape of copyright continues to evolve and change for the worst across the globe. The U.K. has passed an Orphan Act into law which will allow anyone to exploit artwork or photography that doesn’t have the identity of the creator on it.
Similar laws have been proposed in the U.S. but quick and loud outcry from the population put a halt on forward progress. This doesn’t seem to have happened in the U.K. and laws regarding copyright are reportedly shifting in Canada as well.
To say you need to be mindful of how your artwork is presented online is an understatement. How do our readers feel about this? Will this change affect how you present your artwork online? Let us know in the comments.
“The Act contains changes to UK copyright law which permit the commercial exploitation of images where information identifying the owner is missing, so-called “orphan works”, by placing the work into what’s known as “extended collective licensing” schemes. Since most digital images on the internet today are orphans – the metadata is missing or has been stripped by a large organisation – millions of photographs and illustrations are swept into such schemes.”