We work to ensure legislation supports illustrators as far as possible. We feed into consultations to ensure the voice of illustrators is heard when legislation is changed.

We also feed into and influence national level strategies and projects from the Government’s Orphan Works Licensing Scheme to DACS Payback.  We meet with politicians and law makers, raising concerns proactively.

“We have great copyright law in the UK but, as with any law, changes have been brought in over the years – and this will continue.”


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Fair Terms for Creators Bill

This is a proposed bill which will address many of the contract issues that creators have to deal with such as clarity in contracts, reasonableness of terms, fair remuneration and moral rights waivers – you can find out more here.


Digital Economy Act 2017

This is a large Act covering many areas which do not pertain to illustrators – however there are some technicalities which do – for example the online intermediary codes. This is where providers are required to take responsibility for content which may be infringing copyright. AOI support this legislation.

Building our Industrial Strategy

This is an important review which will result in a modern industrial strategy and economy that works for everyone. There is a specific section considering the Creative Industries. We have fed into the consultation for this, articulating the role of illustration and the creative industries within the UK economy and the need for ongoing support to see this thrive. You can read the final report here.

In May 2018 the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) responded to the submissions to the Intellectual Property Call for Views on the Industrial Strategy, which in November 2017 had asked ‘What can we do to encourage innovators to do more collaboration and commercialisation, to stimulate knowledge exchange and promote follow- on innovation?’

The Call set out a number of example proposals IPO had received, including the setting up of a Voluntary Intellectual Property Register which IPO proposed may give creators more ‘legal certainty’. In their 2018 response IPO noted ‘There was a lack of broad support for the establishment of a Voluntary Register for unregistered IP rights, with many respondents noting the additional legal and administrative burdens such a system could introduce.’

There is no requirement for copyright holders to register their IP in the UK, and AOI had stated that we didn’t believe a voluntary register would benefit creators. Our response had mentioned concerns over the additional time and effort required to register works for individual freelancers or small businesses, combined with the potential cost of registering works, which many individual creators will consider an expense they cannot afford. We also queried how the scheme would legally ascertain the veracity of claims of ownership in registered works – this could lead to confusion rather than legal certainty.

Who We Work With

Understanding that we are stronger together, we often work in partnership with organisations like us across all creative disciplines in groups such as the Creative Rights Alliance and the British Copyright Council. Both organisations are respected and listened to by government.


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