According to this story from The Register, it would appear that the UK has seemingly killed the idea of copyright.
One theoretical example: if you’re in the UK, and someone finds your photo, but — due to it being stolen and reused on a number of blogs/social media sites — it no longer has any data tying it to you, said someone needs only perform a search the Government considers “dilligent” and, if you can’t be found as the source, they can then use your photo commercially, such as in ad for toothpaste.
Oh, and you get no compensation for it.
This sets a scary precedent. I’m not sure such an act can be repealed once passed, but here’s hoping.
Thank goodness Canada made the smarter decision last year to finally grant Canadians first copyright on commissioned images they produce. =/ Bud