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

Stop43 campaigns for change in UK copyright and contract law to strengthen creators' rights and improve the functioning of photography markets to the benefit of photographers, users of photography, and the UK economy in general.

was formed in March 2010 to campaign for the removal of the highly damaging "Orphan Works" Clause 43 from the UK Digital Economy Bill. This groundbreaking campaign, run without external funding of any kind, effectively used a multiplicity of online and networked media and tools to organise UK photographers to campaign vociferously against Clause 43. The campaign was successful and the Clause removed from the Digital Economy Bill before it passed into law as the Digital Economy Act 2010.

Stop43 has subsequently published its own radical vision for an equitable replacement for Clause 43 and remains very active in the area of policy development for copyright and intellectual property. Stop43 has submitted evidence and its proposals to the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, the European Commission, the BIS Select Committee, the Consultation on Copyright, the Hooper DCE Feasibility Study, and the All Party Intellectual Property Group's investigation into the Government's handling of IP policy. We are now fully engaged in the IPO’s Working Group consulting on the Regulations referred to in Clause 59 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012.

is composed of a handful of activists, between them members of The Association of Photographers, The British Institute of Professional Photography, The British Press Photographers’ Association, Copyright Action, EPUK, The National Union of Journalists and Pro-Imaging, who were sufficiently concerned and motivated by the threat that Digital Economy Bill Clause 43 posed to our livelihoods that we took direct action. We had the support of the 16,000 members of the ten organisations listed on our website, and that of thousands of photographers, as proven by their direct lobbying action that resulted in Clause 43 being removed from the Digital Economy Bill. Since then, professional illustrators and members of the cultural heritage sector who understand and support our position have joined us and contributed to this submission. Stop43 have a mandate to lobby for our 8 tenets from the 2,100+ members of our Facebook Group.

Stop43 is entirely self-funded and based on the voluntary activity of independent citizens. Our campaign receives no other financial support whatsoever .

Our History


“It is a logical and legal absurdity to talk of licensing works whose authors cannot be identified while there are still significant groups of authors who do not have the right to be identified.”

Viscount Bridgeman, speaking in the House of Lords during debate on the Digital Economy Bill Clause 43, 8 February 2010

“...copyright is the legal expression of intellectual property rights, and is not a regulation.”

- John Whittingdale OBE MP, Chairman, DCMS Select Committee, speaking during the Second Reading of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, 11 June 2012