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The Artists' Bill of Rights campaign promotes the adoption of a set of ethical standards for competitions and appeals to which creative works are submitted, for example, photographs, music, film, illustrations, graphic design and literary pieces such as stories and poems. We focus on copyright issues and how they affect everyone who enjoys creative pursuits.

If you are a member of the public and don't understand copyright, that you are already the owner of copyrights that other organisations would like to acquire from you, and try to by various means which you may not be aware of, then this website is for you.

Whether you are a member of the public who has passion for creativity and enjoys competitions, a creative professional, an artist, or an organisation wishing to adopt a set of ethical standards for the treatment of intellectual property rights in competitions, there is guidance and information here for all.

We review competitions and appeals seeking creative content, listing those that respect your copyright and moral rights, highlighting those that don't and what will happen to your rights if you submit work to them.

If the Artists' Bill of Rights Campaign is new to you, then we suggest you start with the Introduction to the Bill of Rights then follow the links that interest. We hope you enjoy your visit and if you have any queries please contact us.

Many organisations worldwide have proclaimed their support for the Artists' Bill of Rights and we are delighted to present them to you in the content scroller below. You can also view them at your leisure on the supporter's page. Your organisation can be promoted here, please contact us for further information.



stop43-UK-300 Stop43.org.uk was founded in March 2010 to campaign for the removal of the highly damaging "Orphan Works" Clause 43 from the UK Digital Economy Bill. This Clause, enabling the unfettered commercial use of "Orphan Works" (copyright works for which the rights holders cannot be found, and therefore without their permission or payment to them) and "Extended Collective Licensing" (allowing "licensing bodies" to intercede in and supplant the direct negotiations of licenses between rights holders and licensees) would have had a devastating effect on UK freelance creatives.

The groundbreaking campaign, run without external funding of any kind, effectively used a multiplicity of online and networked media and tools to organise UK photographers to campaign vociferously against Clause 43. With the support of the 16,000 members of the ten organisations listed on our website, and that of thousands of photographers who took direct lobbying action, the campaign was successful and the Clause removed from the Digital Economy Bill before it passed into law as the Digital Economy Act 2010.

Stop43 has subsequently published its own radical vision for an equitable replacement for Clause 43 and remains very active in the area of policy development for copyright and intellectual property. Stop43 has submitted its proposals to the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, and the European Commission. Follow at  facebook-icon