stop confiscation of your property and Human Rights in the UK Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

Invest in UK Creative Industries? Why?

Prime Minister David Cameron has told an audience including the Duchess of Cambridge that "now is the time" to support the creative industries. Mr Cameron said:

"I think a very simple message today is that if you are involved in the creative industries, now is the time to come and invest in Britain.”

Mr. Cameron is clearly unaware of the legal uncertainty the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill’s copyright exceptions, orphan works and ECL Clauses has already caused for the UK’s creative industries. Stop 43 heard today that several household-name Film & TV companies are considering abandoning the UK market and relocating outside the UK as a direct consequence of the expected chilling effects of this draft legislation, and before long they will be seen to be just the tip of the iceberg.

Why should anyone invest in UK creative industries, when thanks to the Henry VIII ‘enabling legislation’ in the ERRB, their intellectual property and investment in it could be collectivised and removed from them at the whim of an IPO civil servant, without warning or recompense, as the result of a new copyright exception or extended collective licensing scheme sneaked through Parliament in a Statutory Instrument, on the graveyard shift, in front of half a dozen sleepy MPs? For that is precisely what these clauses will enable.

Invest in UK Creative Industries? That’s a mug’s game while these catastrophically damaging clauses remain in the Bill.