[A2k] Change to copyright laws threatens furniture makers and thousands of jobs By Peter Campbell

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Fri Aug 3 04:11:16 PDT 2012


Change to copyright laws threatens furniture makers and thousands of jobs

By Peter Campbell


http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-2182475/Change-copyright-laws-threatens-furniture-makers-thousands-jobs.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Some of Britain’s leading furniture makers have claimed more than
6,000 British companies are under threat if the Government pushes
ahead with controversial changes to copyright law.

UK furniture manufacturing – a £7billion industry employing almost
100,000 people – has been put under pressure by Government plans to
impose EU rules on the sector.

Under the current law, furniture designed by famous names such as
Charles Eames can be reproduced freely 25 years after being created.
Not sitting comfortably: Makers wouldn't be able to copy designs such
as this by Charles Eames and Ray Eames

Not sitting comfortably: Makers wouldn't be able to copy designs such
as this by Charles Eames and Ray Eames

This allows makers across the UK to produce and sell replicas of
well-known table and chair designs at affordable prices, a practice
that accounts for a large part of the industry.

But the Government plans to extend copyright protection for designs
deemed ‘artistic’ until 70 years after the death of the creator.

This will bring UK law into line with EU-wide regulations, and repeals
a key part of the 1998 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. The move
puts furniture in the same category as musical scores or paintings,
and would make selling or producing replicas illegal.



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Manon Anne Ress
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