Here in the UK, we're pretty much renowned for being the Politically Correct capital of the world, much to our own downfall, and now we have another "farce" being pushed through into law which allows people to freely download, use and even SELL your pictures if you put them online without first registering them and paying for that privilege!!.
Normally, professional's or even amateur photographers would already know about copyright and how to protect their work, etc, but from my own understanding this law isn't aimed at them because they are covered, as I say, by copyright law should they wish to protect their work in that way.
This law, in a nutshell, will cover the many hundreds of millions of people using things like Facebook (here we go again, I hear you say ... Facebook!!). Whilst not specifically mentioning Facebook or revolving around the social media site, it's obvious that the many users of site's like that will be affected because essentially what the new law means is if you upload a photo of your new born baby, anyone can take that photo and use it for almost any purpose they wish, whether for their own use or for a commercial use. The only way you can stop them is by registering the photograph yourself (which costs money) or by simply NOT uploading the photo in the first place.
Now most people would say, rubbish, if it's a photo of me, my family, my friends or a photo of something else I took, it belongs to me, I have automatic ownership of that photo ... well, you used to, but the new law kicks that one into shape and says unless you legally register any photographs you upload online, you are giving the entire world the right to use it in any way they want, on any website they want and if they can make money from your photo's, they'll be legally able to do that too!!. Question is, who will be making a determined effort now to sift through your photo's, your families photo's and your friends photo's to put them online elsewhere and make money from them? ... welcome to the free internet we all wanted, oh and good luck with Facebook