Design and Copyright – A Change To The Law?

Posted on November 16, 2012


Eames Glass fibre plastic chair with wire legs ‘DAR’.
Source: Design Council Archives,

There’s an interesting article from yesterday’s Guardian about the reading of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.  This bill deals with repealing section 52 of the Copyright, Patents and Design Act 1988, which will p0tentially have an effect on the design industry.

This new bill would extend the copyright of design to the life of the designer, plus 70 years (the same as for books and many other items), from life of the designer plus 25 years as it currently stands.  Great for copyright owners, but in terms of other designers and manufacturers creating lookalike copies of famous or iconic designs, it’ll mean that they’ll no longer be able to do that.

What do you think?  Will this bill be a good or bad thing for the design industry?