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"Illegal" election poster viral now available



Here it is. What a gift. Use of the background image, a publicity shot, for advertising in this way almost certainly breaches the terms of its PR licence.

People wonder why photographers make such a noise about breach of copyright, Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing. This is exactly the kind of “misrepresentation” that these schemes will promote.

If Labour and Conservative parties can't even understand normal licensing procedure themselves, then how can they be trusted to legislate changes to it?

"Why is my baby advertising loo roll?"



A new viral kindly submitted to us by a supporter, Laura Marsland, yet again illustrates the dangers of both misrepresentation and breach of privacy within the provisions of Clause 43.

In the UK, the use of images of people in advertisements and thereby endorsing products and services must have their subjects’ prior permission in the form of industry-standard signed
Model Releases, which act as a contract between the subject and photographer.

If orphan images are used in advertising, it cannot be known whether their subjects have given permission in this way. Furthermore,
there is no-one for a subject to sue for damages if their image is used in a way in which they don’t agree and have not or would not give permission. By definition, the photographers who created the photographs and hold the model releases if they exist, cannot be found.

Welcome to the future, everyone, if you fail to help prevent Clause 43 of the Digital Economy Bill from becoming law.

New viral highlights "misrepresentation"



A new viral image comprising a pair of mock advertisements points out the dangers of misrepresentation in Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing. The image, “Only The Best”, is apolitical and not derogatory: the text reads “When only the very best is good enough”, Google-translated into Russian and Chinese.

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In the UK, the use of images of people in advertisements and thereby endorsing products and services must have their subjects’ prior permission in the form of industry-standard signed
Model Releases, which act as a contract between the subject and photographer.

If orphan images are used in advertising, it cannot be known whether their subjects have given permission in this way. Furthermore,
there is no-one for a subject to sue for damages if their image is used in a way in which they don’t agree and have not or would not give permission. By definition, the photographers who created the photographs and hold the model releases if they exist, cannot be found.

There is nothing wrong with vodka or skin-care products. However, given their prominent public positions in the UK, it is unlikely that either
Lord Mandelson or David Cameron would have given permission for their portraits to be used to endorse these products in such a way - these “advertisements” are likely to misrepresent their views.

Welcome to the future, Gentlemen, if you allow Clause 43 of the Digital Economy Bill to become law.

New virals emphasise privacy and licensing problems

Two new virals have been posted, emphasising privacy problems and the impossibility of establishing a proper licensing value for orphan photographs. Please share them freely. “Who’s That Girl?” is particularly appropriate for attaching to emails to Parliamentarians.