Welcome to the Artists' Bill of Rights Campaign

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

If you do not understand the copyright and have questions about the language you read in various terms and conditions, then this website is for you. We offer guidance and information for all.

Your Donations Greatly Help our Cause

ABoR logo with textWe are grateful to all who have supported our principles for protecting artists’ rights. Our Rights On list has garnered many, many thousands of views, as has our Rights Off list. We promote fair competitions and spread informative news on social media related to artists’ rights issues.

In 2020 we look forward to being able to continue promoting our principles in any way we can. However, marshaling the resources to do this work, and to expand our reach and effectiveness, is challenging.

We need you and hope you need us.

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Rest assured all funds will go directly to the Artists Bill of Rights.

Our Supporters

Many organisations worldwide have proclaimed their support for the Artists' Bill of Rights principles. Some are listed below as well as on our Supporters page. If you wish your organisation to 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 "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 with no external funding, effectively used a multiplicity of online and networked media 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 thousands of photographers who took direct lobbying action, the campaign succeeded in having Clause 43 removed from the Digital Economy Bill before passage as the Digital Economy Act 2010.

Stop43 has subsequently published its own radical vision for an equitable replacement for Clause 43 and remains active in the area of policy development for copyright and intellectual property. Stop43 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 

Pro-Imaging.org founded the Artists' Bill of Rights in 2007

Pro-Imaging is a worldwide support group for professional photographers
who are pro-active in defending photographers rights.