The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act has been rushed through parliament without considering the impact on the creative industry. When passed, this legislation means that illustrators, photographers, artists etc. will see their work legally taken and used for another’s own gain.
Unless work is registered or watermarked, anyone will be able to use their 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 is found, they will be free to do with it whatever they want.
Additionally, it will be easy for people to simply remove data embedded digital files and pleading ignorance to the original author of the work.
We need to stop this from happening.
We’re asking you to sign this online petition – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49422 – it needs 100,000 signatures for the possibility of being debated in the House of Commons.
We’re also asking you to write to your Local MP. We’ve composed a draft letter that you can use as a template (we’re not bothered about the copyright for this!). All you need to do is change the relevant sections highlighted in red (Don’t forget to change these back to black as well). Print, sign and send off to your local MP.
Download the draft letter at the bottom of this page.
To find your Local MP’s name and address place your postcode into this website – http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/
More information about this act can be found here – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/29/err_act_landgrab/
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