You May Soon Need a License to Take Photos of That Classic Designer Chair You Bought
More UK copyright insanity.
As with the recent announcement that it is once again illegal to make private copies of music you own, it is unlikely that the public will pay much attention to this latest example of copyright being completely out of touch with how people actually use digital technology. But for professionals, the consequences will be serious, and not so easily ignored.
Photographers, for example, will need to worry about whether any of the objects in a picture they are taking are covered by copyright, in which case it may be necessary to obtain a licence to include them in the photo. Judging by its comments in the document accompanying the consultation on this issue, the UK government is not very sympathetic to the plight of photographers: “The Government considers that photographers and image libraries already bear costs for time and administration when assessing whether they need to obtain clearance when photographing other artistic works such as sculptures or paintings.” In other words, tough.