It's a difficult time to be a photographer. With the ubiquity of high resolution camera phones and online sharing technologies, the work of a creator claiming appropriate credit for their work, let alone compensation has never been more difficult. Whilst the cost of media duplication has dropped to almost nothing, many fear the means to appropriately credit and compensate creators, especially individuals and small businesses have been destroyed by these modern technologies.
In April 2013 the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act was passed which allow use of 'orphaned works', which is to say if you can't find the owner of an image after a 'diligent search', then you may now use the work where as previously you typically could not legally do so. This marked a fundamental shift in the UK government's approach to content sharing from presumption of copyright, to proof of copyright being required. Whilst this move has opened a market more amenable to sharing in the internet age, serious concerns from photographer's groups have been raised that this legalisation fundamentally undermines the rights to their works.