View Full Version : Stop Legalised Theft of Copyrighted Works

06-15-2013, 11:32 AM
Sup guys. If you're in the UK you might already know about this, but if you're not here's a quick synopsis.

"A new legislation that has been rushed through parliament with no thought has now reached royal assent. 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.

There is nothing to stop people simply removing data embedded in digital files and pleading ignorance to the original author of the work."

Originally they were asking for 10,000 signatures, which we reached and went above, finally aquiring 28,035 signatures. It was sent to parliament and alot of fancy dance work went around before the courts finally decided that hurdurr they need 100,000 signatures. So basically i'm asking you guys as fellow artists, please sign this petition.

Here's the link.

Also, please share this link with anyone/anywhere you see fit.

<3 Thanks guys <3

06-15-2013, 01:48 PM
What effect will this have on those outside of the UK? Will it be legal to use images that are not made in the UK or copywriter in the UK? Like if I put a copyright on something but its not an international one can they legally use it?

06-15-2013, 06:45 PM
What about people not in the UK, will we be able to sign it and be valid signatures? If so then I'll sign cause that legislation is crap.

06-15-2013, 09:53 PM
Ditto on these two posts. ^

06-15-2013, 11:02 PM
You can apparently still sign it, since there are other options for your location.

Also, welcome to englishland! Don't go getting motivated or inspired about anything now!

Save that up for something important like some guys kicking a ball or the next royal wedding or something, golly gosh!

06-15-2013, 11:09 PM

You must be a British citizen or normally live in the UK to create or sign e-petitions.

06-15-2013, 11:30 PM
Thought so =[

06-16-2013, 11:22 AM
To be fair, the government is being very hush hush about this particular issue. The only information that seems to be circulating about it is in the link I posted. I meant to say that people outside of the UK can't sign it, but if you KNOW someone who's in the UK, please forward it, or spread it on your social networking sites. I don't think it'll affect anywhere else in the world as your own local laws will take effect. I think. It's just such a sucky situation for us British folk, but Thanks to you guys for the support and I hope we can get all the signatures we need!

06-16-2013, 11:25 AM
I hope you can, Linz. That legislation is one thing that no one needs.

06-16-2013, 03:08 PM
who even wants 2 steal british art

06-16-2013, 03:40 PM
Thanks for your thought provoking, caring, attitude towards your fellow artists.

06-17-2013, 04:48 PM
Wow, that would totally suck if it did pass. I wonder how it'll affect everyone else who does digital work - I mean there is software and other digital goods out there too. : (

Anywhoo - I'll mention it at the main site. I'm pretty sure I get a bunch of people from the UK visiting this site.

06-17-2013, 05:11 PM
Thanks Rio! The more exposure the better. Our governments trying to brush it under the carpet tbh.

06-18-2013, 11:36 AM
Sometimes I get the distinct impression our government hates us... oh. :l

06-18-2013, 02:03 PM

06-18-2013, 02:50 PM
Done! (http://www.mangatutorials.com/2013/stop-legalised-theft-of-copyrighted-works-at-uk/) This should post in MT's Facebook and Twitter page too.

06-25-2013, 03:33 PM
Didn't they try to do something similar with instagram?

Also, wow, why am I only hearing of this now?!

06-25-2013, 04:51 PM
I dunno Renzo - where have you been? I mean, really, I haven't seen you here in awhile. :>

06-25-2013, 05:30 PM
Here and there. Trying to make my stay more permanent.

But yeah, I'm pretty sure that when they heard the press and public outcry against what instagram were doing, they quickly scrapped it. Why do they think this is a good idea?

06-26-2013, 10:14 AM
No idea, ask them that. Its disgusting really. All this copyright bullcrap with torrent sites being blocked and youtube videos being blocked but oh hell no if its a drawing or a painting, ~YOU DONT OWN IT~.

Guy Fawkes I wish you succeeded in your plan.