Editorial Photographers UK | Mandelson’s Digital Economy Bill: A Future Fair For Photographers?

As Business Secretary Lord Mandelson’s Digital Economy Bill moves to the report stage, and the COPYRIGHT ACTION web site gets 60,000 page views from anxious photographers, EPUK reveals how the bill’s clause on orphan works spells an uncertain future for photographers and publishers alike.

Clause 42 of Lord Mandelson’s Digital Economy Bill, concerning the licensing of orphan works, has raised so much concern among professional photographers that a draft letter to MPs posted on the COPYRIGHT ACTION web site received 60,000 page views in a fortnight.

As EPUK asks what are the dangers to photographers from orphan works legislation, it becomes apparent that hazards lie ahead for publishers as well.

read the rest via Editorial Photographers UK | Mandelson’s Digital Economy Bill: A Future Fair For Photographers?.

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~ by Gary Austin on February 25, 2010.

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