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The UK government is about to pass a law as part of the Digital Economy Bill to allow Orphan Works (images for which the owner cannot be traced) to be used commercially. They will collect a fee for their use, and remove the rights that photographers and artists have over those images. These are the creator’s moral rights, the rights they have over their work and agreed by international treaties. The right to set a fee, how, who and for how long an image is used, the right to have a credit assigned, assure client exclusivity and pursue and claim for any unauthorised usage. But clause 43 of the Digital Economy Bill will sweep these aside, and our aim is to get that clause removed.