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Instagram and Facebook are going to allow people to steal your photos – again.


Yet again, Instagram and Facebook are under the spotlight and being accused of stealing people’s photographs.

The U.K.’s Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act passed parliament and last week received Royal Assent to become a law, according to The Register.
The act contains changes to the UK copyright law which me ants that if your images don’t identify that you’re the owner then they become so called “orphan works” meaning that anyone, anywhere can use them without your permission. 
 
So that picture you’ve got on Facebook of Fido, if it isn’t clear that you’re the owner then it can be taken and used online, in print or even in advertising and they don’t have to pay you or even credit you. 
 
Of course your average facebooker doesn’t need to worry, we don’t think anyone is going to be interested in selling that picture of you at 2am downing vodka or that blurry, out of focus picture of your cat. 
 
Come on, be honest, who wishes they could have an old school camera again? All these copyright laws and the threat of having your “works” stolen are just too much hassle right?
 
We see a gap in the market for real film! 
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Rachael

Written by Rachael

As well as being Editor here at The Spin Alley, Rachael is also a freelance journalist and blogger covering lifestyle, travel, culture, entertainment, media and online life for online and print publications.

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