Transfer copyright to protect from illegal use?

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mikeval
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Transfer copyright to protect from illegal use?
Dec 7, 2010

Can anyone offer an explanation of this extract from a UK Government (Office of National Statistics) photo competition.

'Upon submission the entrant agrees to transfer the copyright for any images and content to ONS. This will ensure proper control over the copyright and protect the entrant from inappropriate or illegal use of their images.'

If I understand this correctly, the ONS is claiming that it can look after an entrant's copyright interests better than the entrant himself/herself. Is this a good or bad deal for the photographer/entrant?

The full article is in A.P. Here's the link:

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/news/Governments_census_project_in_photo_copyright_grab_news_304247.html

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