Stop43.org.uk stop confiscation of your property and Human Rights in the UK Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill






The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill empowers Government to CONFISCATE* YOUR PROPERTY, and with it your income, your job, and your future career, in four different ways:

  • 3. ORPHAN WORKS CONFISCATE YOUR COPYRIGHT

    Until now, if someone found one of your photographs and wanted to use it commercially, they couldn't without asking you first. Clause 68 changes all that by allowing anyone to use ‘Orphan Works - photographs, illustrations and other copyright works whose owners cannot be contacted for permission to use them.

    Clause 68 says that if someone finds your photograph, wants to use it and decides that they can’t trace you, they can do whatever they like with it after paying an arbitrary fee to a UK Government-appointed ‘licensing body’. You’ll never know unless you happen to find it being used in this way, in which case you should be able to claim some money.

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  • 4. EXTENDED COLLECTIVE LICENSING CONFISCATES YOUR RIGHT TO TRADE YOUR PROPERTY YOURSELF

    Clause 68 also introduces ‘Extended Collective Licensing’.

    This means that if someone wants to use your photograph, even if they can trace you they still don’t have to contact you for permission to use it. They can go to a UK Government-appointed ‘collecting society’ (that you might never have heard of) and ask them for a licence instead.

    They’ll pay an arbitrary fee and be able to do whatever they like with the photograph. Your photograph. Even something very nasty, like this. Again, without asking you first or paying what you would have charged, whether or not you would have agreed to your photograph being used in the first place. And again, you’ll never know unless you happen to find it being used in this way, in which case you should be able to claim some money.

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