Digital image rights?
Philip Dunn highlights a potential threat to commercial photography in the UK, but is he seeing the whole picture?
Dunn, a former Sunday Times photographer, claims on onlinejournalismblog.com (OJB) that part of the Digital Economy Bill will overturn current UK copyright law on your rights to own an image.
The idea that the author of a photograph has total rights over his or her own work – as laid out in International Law and The Copyright Act of 1988 – will be utterly ignored. In future, if you wish to retain any control over your work, you will have to register that work (and each version of it) with a new agency yet to be set up.
It seems there’s some slight disagreement among photographers on Dunn’s interpretation of the Bill, however, with a lively debate in the blog comments.
Dunn is backed up in his claim by a copyright statement by The Royal Photographic Society (this opens as a PDF)
Read the full text on OJB and decide for yourself
This move apparently follows a similar law in the USA, so Fired By Design readers there may have some insight into how this will affect commercial photography.
Read the bill
What do you think?
A comment on the original post directs users to this useful webpage, which deals with some of the more recurrent points that are made about this legislation