Digital Economy Bill [ Lords]

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 6:33 pm on 6th April 2010.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Chair, Business, Innovation and Skills Committee 6:33 pm, 6th April 2010

Ah, that is a very interesting point. I was with the hon. Gentleman for quite a lot of that intervention, although, as a Select Committee Chairman, I try to be neutral and impartial on these matters. I thought that the reference to the Audi was a reference to my party, rather than to his. His last comment really worried me, however. I am not proud that our two great political parties are exploiting intellectual property inappropriately and without permission. I am ashamed of that, and he should be ashamed of it, too. He should not give any succour to those who abuse intellectual property. We should not forget that the BBC, as this blog says, is one of the main proponents of a Bill to allow use of other people's images in ways they did not envisage without permission or payment, yet it is furious that without permission or payment someone has taken a BBC image and used it in a way that the BBC did not envisage.

What is interesting is that this guy has done some research. He says that-

"a quick search of the internet reveals the original photograph hosted here"- he has the hyperlink on his blog-

"complete with all the BBC copyright information: it even very helpfully has a contact number for those who wish to use the picture legally."

It concludes:

"For any other purpose whatsoever, including advertising and commercial prior written approval from the copyright holder will be required."

It ends with reference to "Caption writer: Greg King" and provides the telephone number 0208 225 8543. Anyone up for this, gentlemen or ladies, can get retrospective permission and pay a fee to the provider of the photograph.

Embed this video

Copy and paste this code on your website