Announced changes to UK licensing rules
The UK government has announced that it plans a change in the UK's copyright system via its Digital Economy Bill . Some of the main aims of the bill based on recommendations made by the IPO which will affect photographic works, are as follows:
- To allow an organisation to act as a collective licensing agency, which will license all works in a particular category (music, film, photography, etc.). With IPO adding 'This will allow a collecting society that represents a substantial proportion of rights holders to licence specific uses of a work for all rights holders in a particular category without the specific consent of individual rights holders. A rights holder will retain the ability to say no to this scheme and opt out of a collecting society's extended repertoire.'
- Introduce new legislation to deal with orphan works, aiming to give businesses access to a large numbers of works that currently cannot be used. With IPO saying that 'Safeguards will include requirements to make a diligent search for the true owners and provision for the reimbursement of rights holders who are subsequently found and claim for the use of their work.'
To allow non-commercial use by individuals without payment or the need to ask permission for that use from the photographer
To educate the population on the consequences of infringement.