How changes to UK copyright laws offers greater protection for designers
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How changes to UK copyright laws offers greater protection for designers

The UK Government has extended the period of copyright protection available for any artistic work that you’ve sold more than 50 copies of from 25 to more than 70 years. Here’s what that means to you. For copyright owners of what’s known as ‘industrially exploited’ artistic work – ie works you’ve sold more than a few copies of, including graphic designs, photographs, drawings and paintings – the reform brings a welcome change. Those who have been previously prevented from exercising their right due to its early expiry after 25 years – rather than the ‘lifetime of the artist + 70’ given to individual or very-limited-edition works – will now benefit from the full term of copyright protection. And copyright holders will now be gearing up to seek to enforce their new rights and pursue court action for enforcement. The reform will also bring big changes to website owners and businesses such as designers, publishers and replica goods’ manufacturers as some of their activities which were considered legal will soon result in copyright infringement of artistic works. Those affected will need to prepare themselves to comply with the new regulations or risk exposing themselves to court action for copyright infringement. […]

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