Campaigns

  • High Court overturns UK private copying exception to copyright

    The High Court has quashed the UK’s private copying exception to copyright, following an application from the UK music industry to review the Government’s decision-making process. DACS welcomes the decision, having previously raised concerns about its impact on visual artists’ income and the need for fair compensation.

    21 July 2015

  • DACS’ position on Europe’s ‘Freedom of Panorama’ debate

    The exception to copyright law allowing people to create and share images and photographs of copyright-protected buildings and artworks on public display has been at the centre of a recent debate in the European Parliament, and has been widely covered in the media.

    10 July 2015

  • Take part in EU research into artists’ pay

    The European Commission is undertaking a survey of photographers, illustrators and designers to research differences in artists’ pay across Europe. Artists are invited to complete the survey by Sunday 14 June 2015. 

    19 May 2015

  • Artists’ Payback royalties secured for 2015 and 2016

    DACS is pleased to announce it has made positive progress in its discussions with the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) regarding the royalties owed to visual artists through its collective licensing scheme. These royalties are paid annually to artists and estates through DACS’ Payback scheme. 

    23 March 2015

  • UK copyright protection for designers to be extended in April 2020

    The Government has announced that the length of copyright protection in the UK for mass-produced artistic works will increase on 6 April 2020. This will primarily benefit designers in the applied or decorative arts, for work produced in multiple copies of 50 or more.

    25 February 2015

  • UK Government support of artists debated in the House of Lords

    The UK Government’s support of individual artists was the subject of a recent debate in the House of Lords, on Monday 19 January 2015. Discussion centred on the issues affecting artists today such as pay, intellectual property rights, studio space, public funding cuts and arts education. 

    26 January 2015