- BAPLA’s stated position of no orphan usage rights without a duty of care
toward attribution and metadata was incompatible with Clause 43 of the Digital Economy Bill. Why did BAPLA not support the campaign to remove Clause 43?
- In January BAPLA said “The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA) is urgently calling for proposed clause 116B in the Digital Economy Bill, which could mean photographers and image rights holders losing the right to have a say in how their work is used, by whom and at what price, to be scrapped.”
Why did BAPLA not say the same in April?
- Why, during a meeting with a Conservative shadow minister, when everyone else raised their hand against Clause 43 did BAPLA’s hand stay down?
- Is it true that BAPLA was considering setting itself up as an Extended Collective Licensing entity, had Clause 43 passed?
- If Extended Collective Licensing was a commercial aim of BAPLA, why was this interest not disclosed to all representative organisations that were asked to sign the BAPLA letter?
- Extended Collective Licensing as proposed in Clause 43 had the capacity to become a default licensing mechanism that would have undermined photo agency markets, prices and individual photographers. On what basis did BAPLA consider this to be acceptable?
- When Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Timms cited the BAPLA letter as evidence of UK photo industry support for Clause 43, was that an intended outcome, or an unintended consequence?
- Why does BAPLA persist in claiming authority to speak for “the photography industry” when it is now clear that tens of thousands of photographers who acted directly to stop Clause 43 do not accept its leadership?
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