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.”
The Repeal Bill ensures that existing EU legislation will be copied across into domestic UK law on the day after Brexit. It repeals the 1972 European Communities Act, which brought Britain into the EU and meant that European law took precedence over laws passed in the British parliament. Parliament will then “amend, repeal and improve” the laws.
We are working to ensure that positive EU legislation in areas such as copyright are maintained by Government and that, to ensure British illustrators can continue to access European markets once we leave the EU, we are encouraging our Government to adopt new copyright legislation being developed through the EU’s Digital Single Market Strategy (see more here).
This is a proposed bill to be introduced in 2017 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.
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.
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 November 2017 the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) sent out an Intellectual Property Call for Views on the Industrial Strategy asking ‘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 have received, including the setting up of a Voluntary Intellectual Property Register which IPO proposed may give creators more ‘legal certainty’. There is no requirement for copyright holders to register their IP in the UK, and AOI responded to this suggestion with 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. We don’t believe a voluntary register would benefit creators.
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.