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UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

"Everyone = Silicon Valley ad platforms tech companies"

Looks like the Corporatists are going to remake copyright laws either through secret treaties (wholesale) or Corporatist leaning national governments (one at a time).

Either way, their rights will remain extended and sacrosanct; individual'ls rights will be hard to establish and difficult to fight for. That cute baby photo stored in the "cloud" over Britain? Belongs to to whoever grabs it first. Now, who is good at grabbing info/things on the internet??

The Act contains changes to UK copyright law which permit the commercial exploitation of images where information identifying the owner is missing, so-called "orphan works", by placing the work into what's known as "extended collective licensing" schemes. Since most digital images on the internet today are orphans - the metadata is missing or has been stripped by a large organisation - millions of photographs and illustrations are swept into such schemes.

For the first time anywhere in the world, the Act will permit the widespread commercial exploitation of unidentified work - the user only needs to perform a "diligent search". But since this is likely to come up with a blank, they can proceed with impunity. The Act states that a user of a work can act as if they are the owner of the work (which should be you) if they're given permission to do so by the Secretary of State.

The Act also fails to prohibit sub-licensing, meaning that once somebody has your work, they can wholesale it. This gives the green light to a new content-scraping industry, an industry that doesn't have to pay the originator a penny. Such is the consequence of "rebalancing copyright", in reality.

How does affect, oh, a blog like this one? All those beautiful photos of plants and flowers? Does the open copyright protect them from being "hoovered up"?

Via Susie at Suburban Guerrilla.