The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill could empower Government to CONFISCATE* YOUR PROPERTY, and with it your income, your job, and your future career, by allowing the commercial exploitation of 'orphan works' and introducing Extended Collective Licensing:
ORPHAN WORKS CONFISCATE YOUR COPYRIGHT
Until now, if someone found one of your photographs and wanted to use it commercially, they couldn't without asking you first. Clause 79 would change all that by allowing anyone to use ‘Orphan Works’ - photographs, illustrations and other copyright works whose owners cannot be contacted for permission to use them.
Clause 79 says that if someone finds your photograph, wants to use it and decides that they can’t trace you, they'll be able to do whatever they like with it after paying an arbitrary fee to a UK Government-appointed ‘licensing body’. You’ll never know unless you happen to find it being used in this way, in which case you should be able to claim some money.
EXTENDED COLLECTIVE LICENSING CONFISCATES YOUR RIGHT TO TRADE YOUR PROPERTY YOURSELF
Clause 79 also introduces ‘Extended Collective Licensing’.
This means that if someone wants to use your photograph, even if they can trace you they still wouldn't have to contact you for permission to use it. They could go to a UK Government-appointed ‘collecting society’ (that you might never have heard of) and ask them for a licence instead.
They’d pay an arbitrary fee and be able to do whatever they like with the photograph. Your photograph. Even something very nasty, like this. Again, without asking you first or paying what you would have charged, whether or not you would have agreed to your photograph being used in the first place. And again, you’d never know unless you happened to find it being used in this way, in which case you should be able to claim some money.