Friday, 3 May 2013

Laying down the law

A recent topic of much debate has been the proposed changes to legislation on orphaned works and the repercussions this could have for all creators. Orphaned works are those which have become separated from their creator's name; this can include even an image someone has re-posted on a blog without a credit. The new legislation would make it possible for another party to exploit such works for financial gain. For much more detail on these changes to the law, The AOI explains at length.

Personally, I find the idea that someone could steal my work unless I plaster my name and copyright notice all over it, offensive. Why should a creator be pigeonholed into providing a lesser viewing experience?

The issue does not simply end with crediting one's work as the new legislation is trying to make it easier for parties to use work (albeit credited and with an 'adequate' fee for the copyright holder) even if the creator does not approve of the intended use.

The right to licence and control the fees for their work is integral to the illustrator's livelihood and the negatives of this change in legislation far outweigh the positives.

Please sign this petition and share the link anywhere you can and encourage everyone you know to do the same. 

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