Is The UK Government Trying To Kill Off Photographers | Photo This & That
Another shameful act by our government. This time they’ve undermined photographers and their ability to make money from their own images.
The majority of web browsers strip the original data and information (Commonly known as IPTC and EXIF) from photographs posted on-line.
The passing of this new law, which gained Royal Accent last week, allows anyone to steal a photographers work and use it for commercial gain.
This law has been passed simply because of greed, and the financial muscle behind companies such as Google.
So what can photographers do to protect their work?
Not a lot really, the only real safeguards are to ensure that all one’s images have current IPTC data applied to the original image and then make sure that any uploaded images are clearly watermarked with the creators name, date and the © mark.
This won’t stop anyone from cloning the watermark off the image or simply cropping the image to remove the watermark.
Personally I don’t want to slap copyright information all over my images, and so in the future my only real option is to limit the quality and amount of work I actually post to the internet.
Congratulation Cameron and Clegg, you’ve put another jackboot into the face of small business owners and sole traders who keep the economy running.
We all know why this government has allowed this ridiculous law to be passed even though it flies in the face of the Berne Convention and already well established UK copyright laws.
TO LINE YOUR THEIR POCKETS.
Time you pair of clowns were voted out of power.