Granted, copyright is a fussy subject which stifles innovation and freedom, but copyright holders are entitled to at least /some/ protection, at least for some time!

The UK government is considering a proposal to allow anyone to digitise anything and use the data for commercial purposes unless the creator of the content ‘opts out’ from this proces somehow. The digitiser only has to pay a ‘nominal fee’ (next to nothing) in order to be able to use the content if there is protest.

A deep critique in the link below.

Hargreaves Review: Extended Collective Licensing and Orphan Works « Action on Authors' Rights.