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Getty Images opposes Clause 43 in joint statement

Getty Images, a new and powerful voice in the Orphan Works debate, today announced its concerns over the provisions in Clause 43 by signing a statement drafted by BAPLA and jointly released by

The Association of Photographers (AOP)
British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA)
Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)
National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
The Royal Photographic Society (RPS)
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Understandably couched in diplomatic language, the statement nonetheless makes clear that

content creators, rights holders and the imaging industry continue to have concerns about the practical implementation of the Bill’s intentions and also whether it will hinder, rather than enhance, the wider digital economy”.

It is gratifying to see another industry alliance emerge to complement in publicly questioning the supposed benefits to be bestowed upon the imaging industry, photographers, and the general public by the Bill’s provisions.

We would hope that the fact that a $2 billion corporation such as Getty Images, a dominating force in the photographic industry, should be voicing its concern in this public manner will not be lost on Clause 43’s avid proponents in the Intellectual Property Office, BIS and elsewhere and give them pause to consider the practically unworkable nature of their current proposals.