IPO meeting stalemate | Copyright Action
Today’s Intellectual Property Office meeting with 14 photographers’ representative organisations about the Digital Economy Bill produced few surprises on either side.
Issues raised by photographers included exclusive contracts, works owned by aliens, model releases, and privacy issues surrounding minors and private social photographs that are protected from publication, all of which would be undermined by orphan licensing.
The IPO spent some time not answering these points but explaining the nuances of Extended Collective Licensing and Orphan Works, and how these and other concerns would all be resolved during consultation and the formulation of regulations after the Bill was law. The discussion was at times bewildering (“you cannot understand a Bill by reading the Bill” we were told)