The US experiment with legislation legitimising the free use of 'orphaned' photographs has, inevitably, made its way across the pond. Parliament will be voting on the Digital Economy Bill fairly soon. I'll spare you the tedious details except to point out that, in what amounts to possibly the biggest change in copyright law for a very long time, the bill as it stands makes it easy for image users to effectively 'create' orphaned works and therefore circumvent paying the photographer.
That's a crude summary, admittedly. But the prospect of most of the images currently floating around as ones and zeroes on the web being, in effect, fair game should send a shiver down the spine of any photographer - whether you earn a living from your images or not.
It's not too late to write to your MP - and those helpful people at Copyright Action have created a template which both explains the problems with the bill as it stands and lets your MP know how you feel. I'll be writing to my MP - I suggest you do, too.