UK legislation brings copyright threat to Ukrainian Photographers

Dear colleagues,

the new UK legislation on “orphan works” copyrights has been rushed through the British parliament.

This legislation means that photographers and illustrators alike will see their artworks legally taken and used for another’s own gain. Unless your works are registered or plastered with a watermark, anyone can use your copyrighted work for their own commercial and personal gains, provided they have made a small effort to search for the original owner. If no owner can be found, they are free to do with it whatever they want. This kind of legislation is a dangerous threat for the professional photographers worldwide. The fear is that this would allow copyrighted photographs to be freely used by anyone, as long as a “diligent search” fails to reveal the identity of the photographer.

If enacted, the UK legislation will permit foreign works to be used without the permission of or credit and compensation to their rights holders. The prospect of unknown, ongoing unlicensed usage of foreign works in the UK will prevent any rights holder in any country from licensing exclusive rights to any party.

Accordingly, the FEP, Federation of European Photographers, representing more than 50,000 photographers Europe wide, intents to sign up the following public petition  and kindly ask the member associations and their individual members to do the same.

More over FEP  intents to send a joint letter on behalf all the Member Associations to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills of the United Kingdom, endorsing the joined document which has been already signed, some time ago, by all the photographic associations in USA,  protesting this decision. You can read the US letter in its entirety here:



Jean Felix Bernetel, FEP, Chairman of the Syndical Cell

Giuseppe Scozzi, FEP, CEO

Mstyslav Chernov, UAPF, CEO




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