stopped Commercial Orphan Works Exploitation in the UK Digital Economy Bill Clause 43

Action on Authors’ Rights

Action on Authors’ Rights is a grassroots group set up to campaign in the UK in support of authors’ rights. They have a simple, straightforward and equitable manifesto:

Authors have the right to

• have their intellectual property protected by the state
• have their moral rights properly acknowledged and protected by the state
• decide whether and where they are going to publish, and in what format(s)
• freely negotiate their own publishing contracts and licensing agreements
• negotiate in person, or through agents of their own choice, as they prefer

They have excellent analysis and authoritative quotations on the subjects of Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing, their probable effects on authors’ and creators’ well-being, and the likely drivers behind the attempt to legislate for them in Clause 43. Here is an example:

"This clause could potentially destroy the principle of direct licensing, which is the most efficient means of ensuring that a rights holder is remunerated exactly and properly for the use of their work, and lose creators the right to control their own economic and moral rights.”Paul Brown, Chairman of the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA)

They have an email list and a Facebook group: to join, email the organizer. Please join them.