All Your Pics Belong To Everyone Now....

Have you ever uploaded a photo to Facebook, Instagram or Flickr? (And other sharing sites by the way, and digital works are especially vulnerable)…

If so, you’ll probably want to read this, because the rules on who can exploit your work have now changed radically, overnight.
Amateur and professional illustrators and photographers alike will find themselves ensnared by the changes, the result of lobbying by Silicon Valley and radical bureaucrats and academics.
The changes are enacted in the sprawling Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act which marks a huge shift in power away from citizens and towards large US corporations.
“People can now use stuff without your permission,” explained photo rights campaigner Paul Ellis. "To stop that you have to register your work in a registry – but registering stuff is an activity that costs you time and money. So what was your property by default will only remain yours if you take active steps, and absorb the costs, if it is formally registered to you as the owner



Outside of registering, which is costly and time consuming, there are ways to get around the problem, some very simple, so it’s time to take a hard look at where you have posted work and take strong steps to protect it

See my answers below to specific questions about how to take some action to protect your work…a more detailed article will be posted soon..

Updated info HERE ….the U.S. is also considering this law…
“The draft law is intended to ease the reuse of misleadingly named “orphan works” – misleading because most orphan works are actually recent digital images that have been stripped of their attribution, rather than old black-and-white snaps festering in library vaults."


Latest news…Here is a quote from
“From my own test sample, 6 out of a random batch of 10 professional images proved impossible to trace and 5 would probably qualify as orphans. With amateur material splattered around pseudonymous accounts, it is likely to be much higher."

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