Musings and artwork from Birmingham-based visual artist and illustrator Natalie Robinson a.k.a Murklaw.
I retain rights to the content posted in this blog. Illustrations belong to me and permission from myself must be granted before use of any of the images in this blog. Thank you.
1st May 2013 - The “Instagram Act”
Just to inform my followers on here that I will not be posting artwork or photographs of my work until I have decided how best to tackle the recent copyright changes.
Termed the “Instagram Act”, legislation has been put through parliament to allow UK artists’ works (including photographers and illustrators amongst other creatives) to be taken and used without the author’s permission if an effort has been made to seek the owner’s identity.
Essentially this means that someone can strip the copyright from your hard work, claim ignorance of the author, and do whatever they want with it, for personal or even commercial uses, and it will be LEGAL. This is a big change in human rights and copyright law that has had little coverage.
If you want to STOP the Legalised Theft of Copyrighted Works in the UK, here is an e-petition for you to sign.
You may share this post as much as you like - encourage others who care about creative people to sign it.
Kind regards to all my followers.