To: Government enterprise and regulatory reform bill.

Orphan works are not free images

Ensure that social media and other enterprises do not corroborate in making digital content such as images untraceable and thus considered orphan works that are then usable as a "free for all" image grab of photos from individual members of the public and professional photographer alike. This means that social media providers should preserve the full image data such as EXIF information on all images they up/download.

Why is this important?

This is important as using any particular communication channel should not also infer free licence for that operator to take or hide ownership of the individual's property that's passing through that channel.
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Reasons for signing

  • I have lots of friends whose photographs are open to misuse so we need to control this
  • It should be made a criminal offence for anyone to remove the metadata from any digital image, to ensure the artist/photographer can retain full rights to his/her work. The need to protect the metadata and watermarks on any image is paramount in order for an artist to make a living from his work. The original rights to each image must remain in control of the artist without any loopholes in place to make an image an orphan. Get involved..
  • I paid for my kit, I paid for any training I've had, I've got up at 4am and drove god knows how far, I've edited the photo, it's mine. Some thieving scrote should not be allowed to have it without paying for my time and labour!