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Following its adoption, not only has the ERR Act already attracted a series of criticisms, but has also been promptly renamed the ‘Instagram Act’ by The Register journalist Andrew Orlowski, in reference to a recent furore surrounding the use of images posted to the image-sharing social network.
According to Stop43, while there are numerous reasons why photographers should feel "Royally f*cked by the UK Intellectual Property Office and UK Government", there are two in particular that cause the greatest concerns: orphan works and extended collective licensing.
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.
In practice, you'll have two stark choices to prevent being ripped off: remove your work from the internet entirely, or opt-out by registering it. And registration will be on a work-by-work basis."
[This post was amended on Wednesday 1 May]