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    Posted: 30 April 2013 at 21:44
Then you need to sign this petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49422

Stop Legalised Theft of Copyrighted Works

Responsible department: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

A new legislation that has been rushed through parliament with no thought has now reached royal assent. This legislation means that photographers and illustrators alike will see their artworks legally taken and used for another's own gain.

Unless your works are registered or plastered with a watermark, anyone can use your copyrighted work for their own commercial and personal gains provided they have made a small effort to search for the original owner. If no owner can be found, they are free to do with it whatever they want.

There is nothing to stop people simply removing data embedded in digital files and pleading ignorance to the original author of the work.

The details have not yet been finalised, meaning there is little time left to put huge pressure on our government. Write to your MP and demand their objection.

Sign this petition now and share it with all you know to demand the UK Government make a U-turn and abort this legalised theft of digital artworks.
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Done. Hope this e petition can get enough signatures to influence their decision before it's passed!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 5thElefant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2013 at 22:09
I'm in favour of it. The web is free exchange if information. If you don't like it, don't use it.
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Signed.

Some will innocently upload photos to Flickr or Facebook.

They have no right to be supported by Government in the theft of copyright and the stripping of metadata.
Away until August 2014 at the earliest.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve-S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2013 at 01:20
Originally posted by 5thElefant 5thElefant wrote:

I'm in favour of it. The web is free exchange if information. If you don't like it, don't use it.

Really? Any photo, any use?

Remember that the original www -- the HTML protocol -- was intended for an academic environment where free exchange of information and ideas WAS the norm; but that it has grown beyond that. The assumptions of academic freedoms no longer apply to the entire web. I am all in favor of academic freedom, but if you want to allow commercial activities, you need to allow and preserve commercial freedoms -- including freedom from theft!

"Fair Use" is not ALL use, after all -- even in academia! -- and the proposed law seems to allow ALL use...

Artists & creators should be entitled to (c)-protection; if not, a good many of them will simply stop creating because they can't afford to waste their time on non-remunerative pursuits (or because they discover their work used in ways they find morally objectionable, actively oppose, etc).

The free-and-easy nature of the WWW shouldn't mean that creative types have to jump through extreme hoops to protect the fruits of their labors.

My .02 ... even if I'm a backwards Colonial, unable to vote in the UK.   


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Post Options Post Options   Quote sybersitizen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2013 at 03:11
What is the actual text of the proposed law?

What is the actual text of the petition against it? (If the petition is the text quoted in the first post above, it should be re-written.)
 



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I googled and found this- which includes a link to the proposed paper

http://news.bis.gov.uk/Press-Releases/Consumers-given-more-copyright-freedom-68542.aspx

I'm not convinced it allows free use of my/your pictures for any commercial use- but it does allow saving of works for personal non commercial use- e.g. converting your downloaded i-phone track to CD to play on another device.

Hands up to anyone here who has never downloaded an image or video from the net for personal use (e.g. wallpaper) and not requested owners permission? I'm sure I have- and 99.9% of us probably have done so too if we are honest.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote berlin steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2013 at 09:47
bbc - article - link

more about (music) copyright proposed changes, but again emphasis on personal use.

I think the petition does not clearly explain how our rights might be exploited. I would be happy to sign if it were clear what rights would be taken from us- although I doubt I'd ever be able to know if someone grabs one of my pics for a wallpaper for personal use- nor does that disturb me- for non commercial use.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bieomax Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2013 at 11:29
Signed it
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nigelbrooks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2013 at 11:33
The petition is badly worded but one only has a limited number of characters to define the petition.

Rushed legislation is normally poor legislation and governments are rarely the master of 'joined-up thinking' where full implications are rarely considered,
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ricardovaste Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 2013 at 12:39
Over 77,000 signatures still needed.
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I tried to sign the petition but it say:

"You must be a British citizen or normally live in the UK to create or sign e-petitions".
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mojoest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2013 at 18:06
Signed. This isn't very good news. Although with digital images everywhere and so many millions of them out there maybe they just want to cover their policing costs?

How would it work though? As surely if people are ment to not be able to work out where the photo's come from, how would they know if it was UK based? or if it was going to be viewed online it could then be seen anywhere in the world?

Edited by mojoest - 17 May 2013 at 18:24
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It's the fact the Daily Mail already ride over everyone's existing rights with regards to images that scares me. Given they have complete disregard for the law (and no one holds them accountable). With even looser rules, how far will they sink...
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