[Update starts] I have added the link to the Bapla press release that is quoted in the post. The BAPLA statement is getting a lot of responses, in particular from the http://www.stop43.org.uk/ campaign. Please check out the comments below the post. From the comments:
“BAPLA tried to sell out those opposed to clause 43 for its own gain…”
“…..BAPLA have in fact lobbied FOR Clause 43 all along, and striven to conceal this lobbying from photographer and their representative organisations.”….
“BAPLA are trying hard to put a positive ’spin’ on what happened”
“Clasue 43 was accepted by BAPLA…”
“BAPLA did their best to keep clause 43 in”
I have asked BAPLA for a reaction [Update ends]
The UK parliament has passed the controversial digital economy bill. It has left out Clause 43, that dealt with the treatment of ‘Orphan works’ The British Association of Picture Libraries (BAPLA) reports how it worked with the government to explain the problems with the bill and what it has done [Updated] “to assure guarantees of a full and fair consultation on our copyright from all parties, whether C43 was passed or not..”
“Since the first draft was published last year, we’ve spent weeks debating with the Intellectual Property Office, the Lords and the politicians leading the Digital Economy Bill for Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. And that continued after the second hearing was underway. On Tuesday night, reacting to a proposed amendment that would pass the clause if images taken after 1950 were excluded, we contacted all leading MPs to point out flaws in such a solution, and expressing BAPLA’s view that irrespective of date threshold, it would not be possible to manage OW if guarantees of provisions which have been lobbied extensively by the UK creative industries were not guaranteed.”[
[Update edited] While other , very controversial matters have been passed, this one has been cut out. BAPLA says more collaboration is now necessary to ensure the debate continues.
[Update] Here is Jeremy Nichols acount of events leading up to clause43 being taking out.