'All your pics belong to everyone now'

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  1. 'All your pics belong to everyone now'
    UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now
    by Andrew Orlowski 29th April 2013
    "The Act contains changes to UK copyright law which permit the commercial
    exploitation of images where information identifying the owner is missing, so-called
    "orphan works", by placing the work into what's known as "extended collective
    licensing" schemes. Since most digital images on the internet today are orphans -
    the metadata is missing or has been stripped by a large organisation - millions of
    photographs and illustrations are swept into such schemes.
    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."